July 16, 2024

Shakira’s hometown in Colombia just lately devoted a statue of the Grammy Award-winning singer in bronze. 

The 21-foot statue was unveiled in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Dec. 26 and featured the singer in a belly-dancing pose as she was seen in for her 2005 “Hips Don’t Lie” music video.

Beneath the statue lies a plaque honoring Shakira and her cultural contributions to her fellow Colombians and the world.“

A coronary heart that composes, hips that don’t lie, an unmatched expertise, a voice that strikes the lots and naked ft that march for the great of youngsters and humanity,” the plaque reads in translation.

Following her big day, Shakira posted thanks on just a few of her social media accounts, together with Fb, the place she acknowledged the sculptor for his expertise and energy.

“Thanks to sculptor Yino Márquez and the scholars of the District College of the Arts for this show of great inventive expertise of the individuals of my land,” the submit reads.

On Instagram, Shakira stated the dedication and unveiling occasion was much more particular as a result of it occurred on the identical day as her mom’s birthday. The star’s mother and father attended the occasion, and he or she shared photographs of them standing earlier than the statue.

The statue sits alongside the banks of the Magdalena River however isn’t the primary statue honoring Shakira. In 2006, one other statue was devoted exterior of an area soccer stadium to honor the singer within the early days of her profession.

Jaime Pumarejo, the mayor of Barranquilla, advised Reuters he remembers seeing Shakira carry out at native youngsters’s live shows earlier than she turned well-known.

“[The statue] reveals tens of millions of ladies that they’ll pursue their desires, and any of them can obtain what they need,” Pumarejo stated.

The mayor shared a clip of the disclosing and the textual content (in Spanish) on the statue’s base:

Regardless that the 46-year-old star couldn’t attend the ceremony, Shakira did ship an official assertion to be shared by the mayor’s workplace.

“I’m honored and moved by this unimaginable recognition in my Barranquilla, the town the place I used to be born,” Shakira stated within the assertion. “Each barranquillero and barranquillera are my brothers and sisters and the inspiration of my life since my childhood.”

This story was initially revealed by Marie Rossiter at Simplemost.

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