Happy birthday, Shakira! 11 facts you probably didn’t know about the singer

Shakira celebrates her birthday on February 2. The Colombian singer who broke to fame with her hit songs “Whenever Wherever”, “Waka Waka” and “Hips Don’t Lie” is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time and one of the most successful female Latin singers. Here are a few facts about the beautiful singer:

1 – The full name of the Colombian singer is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. The name Shakira is taken from the Arabic word for “thankful.”

2 – The beautiful singer recorded her very first album when she was only 13.

3 – Shakira speaks several languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English (and also some Italian, French and Catalan).

4 - Shakira and her husband – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, share the same birthday. She’s 10 years older than the Spanish footballer.

5 – Shakira’s song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) is the biggest selling World Cup Song of all time!

6 – The star’s sensual moves may impress fans on stage but Mensa International, the oldest high IQ society in the world, revealed that with an IQ of 140 (100 being average) the Colombian has the brains to match her beauty.

7 – Shakira was invited to The White House by President Obama in 2010 to discuss early childhood development and in 2011 was appointed as a member of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

8 – Shakira received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

9 – The world-famous singer and songwriter is an international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a devoted advocate for children. The singer was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 24 October 2003.

10 – Shakira is the founder of the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which provides displaced and underprivileged children in Colombia with access to quality education.

11 – Though she didn’t make her big break until the release of her album Laundry Service in 2001, Shakira’s music career has been going strong since the early ‘90s. In that time she’s picked up eight Latin Grammys and two Grammys in the U.S.