Shakira Says: “I’m Not On Earth Just To Shake It And Shake It Endlessly!”
Whenever, wherever you see Shakira, don’t expect the Latina to only flaunt that her hips don’t lie. The 37-year-old mentor on The Voice covers Glamour‘s February 2014 issue and says that her life as an international pop star has only allowed her to focus on what truly matters to her in the world.
“Being raised in a developing country opened my eyes to so much I cannot tolerate,” she said. “In Colombia, education is sometimes considered a luxury, not a human right. And it’s not a priority in the agendas of many leaders. I feel a real sense of duty to use the voice and the platform I’ve been afforded by my fame to speak out for those whose voices don’t get a chance to be heard. [Fundación Pies Descalzos/The Barefoot Foundation] provides education to vulnerable kids who live in extreme poverty. We’ve built six schools in Colombia and do work in South Africa and Haiti. We teach 5,000 students. I feel like I’m not on earth just to shake it and shake it endlessly, you know?”
When she’s not working to provide an education to children living in poverty through her The Barefoot Foundation, Shakira is focusing on her career, which includes her upcoming single “Can’t Remember To Forget,” which features Rihanna. “[W]orking with her was utopia,” Shakra says of the collaboration. “She’s the sexiest woman on the planet. And at the end of the day, we’re both just basically Caribbean girls. The chemistry was so good and so real. She taught me dance moves. She was a sweet teacher.”
Working with Rihanna was apparently easier than some of the other coworkers Shakira has endured. “Dealing with boys at work and being the only girl can be challenging,” the Grammy Award-winning singer confesses. “I have my insecurities, but I’ve learned I have to be a good sport. I have to be able to take certain jokes and not take them personally. There are jokes made almost every second of the day. I had to develop a tough hide. You know, the music industry is dominated by guys. I work with men 98 percent of the time—producers, arrangers, musicians, engineers.”
For more on Shakira, pick up the February 2014 issue of Glamour magazine on newsstands January 14.