Pop diva Shakira has reacted to the installation of a 6-metre-high bronze statue dedicated to her in her hometown of Barranquilla. The statue depicts the singer swaying her hips, a reference to her 2005 music video for “Hips Don’t Lie”. The star posted some snaps on her social media accounts.
“I’m happy to share this with my parents and especially my mum on her birthday,” she wrote under the photos.
She also added that such a gift is very precious to her.
“This is too much for my little heart.”
The dedication that accompanies the monument also talks about Shakira’s charitable work.
A heart that composes, hips that don’t lie, unrivalled talent, a voice that moves the masses and feet that go for the good of children and humanity, the plaque reads.
The Grammy winner also shared a video of the statue, writing:
“I am very happy with this tribute to a Colombian woman. Barranquillera inside and outside my country!”
Earlier, Shakira’s services were also recognised by streaming platform Spotify after the #ShakiraDeservesADay campaign spread across the internet. Spotify named 29 September as Shakira Day when it marked the 25th anniversary of her album “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”.
“The role my fans have played in my career is impossible to quantify. They understood me better than anyone else, and they got me to where I am today. It’s all thanks to their unwavering support,” Shakira told Spotify in an interview in September.
She added that she has been inspired by her home country throughout her journey.
“Colombia is an endless source of inspiration: colours, culture, sounds, stories, folklore and food,” she said. – “It’s such a rich culture and I’m so grateful to have grown up there and to have it as my muse for life.”
Shakira was honoured at the MTV Video Music Awards 2023 in the autumn when she became the first South American artist to win the Video Vanguard award. Previous winners include Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Rihanna.