Shakira Mebarak Ripoll, the Latin-pop superstar, was born on February 2, 1977 in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Colombia. In Arabic, the name “Shakira” means “woman full of grace”. She is the daughter of a Colombian mother and a Lebanese father. Her liking for music was apparent from childhood who began winning local and national talent contests since ten. As a schoolgirl, Shakira made her musical talent known by winning talent shows playing the guitar. By thirteen, she had signed a record deal with Sony in Colombia and brought forth her debut album, “Magia (Magic)”. Shortly after, Shakira recorded her second album of original material, “Peligro (Danger)”. Then, she took a break from music and graduated from high school. Her third album “Pies Descalzos” was a phenomenal success, which has sold about four million copies worldwide and put Shakira to a height of international sensation. With a height of 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm), this Colombian prodigy abandoned the light pop format and insisted on recording her very own brand of music. She is a perfectionist who spends hours in the studio; she needs to be close to nature but her passion is the crackle of electric guitars. For the millions that already buy her albums, she is already the voice of a new generation. Meanwhile, Shakira shows real passion in charity and humanitarian services. She became the youngest ever goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ UNICEF on October 24, 2003.
Shakira is a Fire Dragon. Above all else the Dragon is a visionary with grandiose goals. Shakira tends to boldly confront the mightiest obstacles and accept challenges that seem beyond the reach of others. She is often flamboyant and even occasionally comes across as strikingly or mysteriously different or unusual. Shakira may also have natural leadership ability along with this talent for attracting attention. She takes pride in herself and her confidence. It is unlikely people will say she lacks self-confidence. However, at times she might appear to people as a strange eccentric or just someone who is all talk and no action. In spite of these tendencies, Shakira is likely to have a warm, giving personality overall. Dynamism coupled with decisiveness is one of the primary qualities associated with Fire. Shakira’s decision making style is likely to be calculating, but that does not diminish the fact she is bold to go after what she wants. Charisma and flamboyance are other traits common to Fire-sign people. This also contributes to her leadership potential and ability to inspire other people. Fire's passion and enthusiasm enhance all the capabilities. There is usually an intensity characterizing Shakira’s efforts, especially when it comes to intellectual activity. A downside of such feature is a tendency to be impatient and to have a quick temper.