Shakira Explains Why Her “Hips Don’t Lie”

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Everyone knows Shakira's hips don't lie...we've all seen the proof! But do you know the story behind the famous song? 

In an interview with Women’s Health, Shakira explained the origin of her famous catchphrase and discusses what makes her proud to be a Latina. 

“The reason why I named that song that is because, when I’m in the studio, I know when a song is ready and it can be taken out of the oven, and it’s exactly when my hips start moving -- when my body reacts physically to a song, I know -- if it’s a dance song -- that song is done,” she told the magazine. “So, I used to say to my musicians, ‘My hips don’t lie! Are they moving? They’re not moving! So this is not ready.’ And that’s how I came up with it, the idea of the song.”

The 37-year-old Colombiana also spoke about the inspiration for her self-titled album, due out on March 21. She says that the work “really brought together all my sensibilities.” Fans can expect a return to rock and folk roots, as well as a mix of other rhythms.

Although the star has now reached levels of worldwide recognition, she says she’ll always remain true to her Latin roots. 

“You know what I’m proud of? I’m proud of the resourcefulness that Latinos claim to have,” she told Women’s Health. “We really are resourceful. Communities around the globe that have had to survive or to struggle through generations and generations of social injustice -- you kind of have to find a way to overcome issues and obstacles and find this resilience. I think that my people are very resilient and creative when it comes to finding solutions to real tough problems.”

Well said, Shak! 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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