Alongside the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce, mom-to-be Shakira has played a major part in celebrating curvier figures and showing the world that you don’t have to look like a stick-thin Calvin Klein model to be beautiful or successful.
The latin stunner’s 2006 triumph ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, again a reference to her flawless body, is this week From The Vault pick.
Featuring Fugees maestro Wyclef Jean, ‘Hips’ was also helmed by him, Jerry Wonda and saw Shakira herself act as a co-producer as well. The second single from her 2005 English sophomore LP ‘Oral Fixation Vol.2’, the Columbia-meets reggaeton track achieved phenomenal success securing a Top 10 status everywhere it has charted and topping the Singles tally in of over 25 countries including the US (her very first), the UK, Australia, Japan and France. It is among the biggest-selling digital singles of the last decade with sales of over 10 million.
Being a Shakira single, you already know the accompanying visual for such a colorful song will be the business, right? Right! Capturing the essence of Colombian culture, the Sophie Muller directed piece sees the future ‘Voice’ judge yet again showcasing awesome choreography in a carnival-like setting complete with traditional clothing, all the while Wyclef and his wingmen desperately vie to get her attention.
The gem was nominated for seven moon-men at the 2006 VMA’s and eventually won the ‘Best Choreography’ award. And with good reason too.
With Shakira set to start her most demanding task yet – as a mother, we sincerely hope that when the time has come for her to get back to her what we love her for, she’ll come back to such brilliance as this right here. For while her last English effort ‘She Wolf’ boasted select moments of brilliance, it housed nothing as instant as ‘Hips’. As this song and her world-cup anthem ‘Waka Waka’ proved, Ms. Mebarak has an ability to deliver ‘exotic music’ which appeals to everybody without ever being cheesy.
Put simply, Shakira, we’re ready, whenever, wherever!