Shakira: a statue of her in Colombia!

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A 6.5 meter high monument to Shakira was erected this Tuesday, December 26 in Baranquilla, the star’s birthplace in Colombia.

An interplanetary star who has composed global anthems, Shakira made her return this year with “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53”. The Colombian, multiple winners of the “Latin Grammy Award” which highlights the year of South American stars, was honored this Tuesday, December 26, in her hometown.

In Baranquilla, a city in northern Colombia, a bronze statue of the “Waka Waka” singer rose to more than 6.50 meters high. Dressed in a bra and a skirt, the monument depicts the star in a swaying hip movement, which is reminiscent of the video for “Hips Don’t Lie”, one of the singer’s hits.

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Created by sculptor Yino Márquez, the statue celebrates the immense career of Gerard Piqué’s ex, and testifies to the pride of the Colombian people in one of their most talented emissaries.

On the plaque of this monument is: “ On February 2, 1977, came into the world in Barranquilla: a heart that composes, hips that do not lie, an incomparable talent, a voice that moves the masses and bare feet that walk for the good of children and humanity “.

A ceremony in the presence of the singer’s parents

This Tuesday, an inauguration ceremony was organized in front of an audience which included William Mebarak and Nidia Ripll, the singer’s parents. The city’s mayor was also present to pay tribute to Shakira.

The star shared photos of her parents in front of the statue on her networks. An event that made the interpreter of “Whenever, Wherever” proud and happy, consecrated with three “Latin Grammy Awards” for her song in 2023 assassinating Gerard Pique: “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53”.

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