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Shakira Graces the February 2014 Glamour Cover

Shakira Graces the February 2014 Glamour Cover
Glamour Magazine

Shakira with her beautiful mane is set out to change the world one child at a time. Shakira loves helping people and wants to make an impact on the world. She provides education to children living in poverty through The Barefoot Foundation.

"First off, congrats. Because at your shoot a colleague of mine elected you "the most real famous person" they'd ever met," shares Glamour.

"That's probably the best compliment I've ever received." says Skakira.

"I can't even find much crazy talk about you online either. However-Twitter is burning down right now with talk of you and Rihanna working on a duet," shares Glamour.

"Those rumors are true . We've been keeping it undercover, but we just shot the video. I never thought we could come together-with me on The Voice, taking care of my baby, Milan; and Rihanna touring. But working with her was utopia. She's the sexiest woman on the planet. And at the end of 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," replies Skakira.

Glamour: "OK, straight men's heads everywhere just exploded. But let's talk about The Voice. You seem to relish mentoring the contestants. When you were approached initially, did you have any reservations about doing a reality show?"

Shakira: "I definitely did. I was thinking, I can't go to L.A. and spend months there. I have a man and a baby; I need to be on top of my personal life."

Glamour: "Had you been watching the show before you joined?"

Shakira: "No. But when I watched it, I saw that it's not the kind of show that makes good ratings by creating a circus and destroying people's self-esteem, you know? The criticism we give to our artists is very constructive. I really like to teach."

Glamour: "You've said you grew up seeing a lot of injustice. Did that plant the seed for your education charity?"

Shakira: "Absolutely. Being raised in a developing country opened my eyes to so much I cannot tolerate. In Columbia, 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. [The Barefoot Foundation] provides education to vulnerable kids who live in extreme poverty. We've built six schools in Columbia and do work in South Africa and Haiti. We teach 5,000 students."

Glamour: "What about your childhood inspired this work?"

Shakira: "When I was young, my dad lost everything. And a lot of people turned their backs on him. We lost it all overnight: our cars, our furniture. I remember that moment vividly. [Tearing up.] But I also remember what I had. Because my mom and dad explained to me at that moment what my priorities were."

Glamour: "What did they tell you?"

Shakira: "They showed me children who didn't have a place to live or a school. I had no furniture, but I had an education. And I knew I had to achieve my dreams. Because I had to vindicate my family and vindicate their economic position as well. But I never forgot those kids. Because I knew they weren't ever going to have much. I had what was essential: opportunity. And I was going to succeed."

Glamour: "I just saw fire in your eyes."

Shakira: "Yeah. I don't want to turn this conversation into an existenetialist one, but it's true that at some point we all ask ourselves, "Why are we here?" I feel like I'm not on earth just to shake it and shake it endlessly, you know?"

Glamour: "You've definitely done that."

Shakira: "Quite a few times. Believe me. I know how to be sexy. But there's got to be something more."

Glamour: "When did you realize this? A lot of people want to find purpose but they say they don't know where to look."

Shakira: "You have to keep your eyes open. A few years ago, after a 10-year relationship, I was stuck. I was stagnant. My life wasn't in sync with my wishes. It took me a bit to realize I was just in the wrong place."

Glamour: "Is this when you met Gerard?"

Shakira: "I have to say: The sun came out. I began to understand what I wanted. It was a turning point. I was at a crossroad, everything seemed complicated, and it was like God was playing a bad joke. But he wasn't. I opened my eyes."

Shakira is small and humble but her heart is the size of a mountain. But Shakira's lips don't lie.

Shakira might be small and humble but her heart is the size of a mountain. Shakira's lips don't lie.

If you would like to read the rest of Shakira's interview, please pick up a copy of the February 2014 Glamour magazine at your local news stand.

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