A towering bronze statue, standing at 6.5 metres, paying tribute to global singing sensation Shakira, has been unveiled in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. The statue, capturing her iconic dance pose from hit songs like “Hips Don’t Lie,” is the work of sculptor Yino Márquez and his team of students.
Shakira herself took to Instagram to share the joyous moment, posting a video and images of the statue. In the pictures, the 46-year-old artist’s parents proudly posed in front of the artistic tribute. The unveiling ceremony, attended by the mayor of Barranquilla, celebrated the cultural contribution of the renowned singer.
The accompanying plaque at the base of the statue provides insights into Shakira’s life, acknowledging her date of birth and praising her for possessing “a voice that moves masses.” It also highlights her philanthropic endeavours through the “Pies descalzos” foundation, which translates to “bare feet” in Spanish and focuses on early childhood development.
Social media reactions poured in as fans expressed their admiration for the beautifully crafted tribute. One user commented, “Wow!!!! It’s beautiful; it totally looks like you! Your parents must be so proud!!” Another praised Shakira’s humanitarian efforts, stating, “That’s amazing and well deserved, Shakira, because not only are you an incredibly talented artist, but you are a beautiful human being who has not forgotten her people.”
Known for her chart-topping hits like “Waka Waka,” “Loca,” “Rabiosa,” and “She Wolf,” Shakira remains a global icon. In 2023, she ranked among the most searched celebrities worldwide on Google, and her song addressing ex-husband Gerard Piqué broke YouTube records in Latin America during the same year. The statue stands as a lasting symbol of Barranquilla’s pride in its internationally acclaimed artist.