6.5 Metre Shakira Statue Unveiled in Colombia to Honour Singer
In the heart of Barranquilla, the home city of multiple award-winning Colombian singer Shakira, is a giant bronze statue of the belly dancer.
The 6.5-metre incredible sculpture captures Shakira in a bikini top, flowing skirt, and hands raised in her famous dance moves – hips swaying side to side.
The unveiling of this honorary figure was done in the presence of Shakira’s parents William Mebarak and Nadia Ripoll in a park along the banks of the Magdalena River on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, by the city’s Mayor, Jaime Pumarejo.
Jaime Pumarejo shared with Reuters that it was necessary to honour Shakira with the statue to empower other young girls to believe that can take over the world too wherever they are.
“(It) shows millions of girls that they can, that they can pursue their dreams and any of them can achieve what they want,” said Pumarejo, noting that he used to see Shakira sing at local children’s concerts.
The statue by artist Yino Marquez displays inscriptions that amplify the achievements of the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer including her charity “Pies descalzos,” Spanish for “bare feet,” for early childhood development.