Shakira: Stronger Than Ever!

Shakira at the NRJ Music Awards
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It’s a Thursday night in early December in Los Angeles, and inside a Hollywood photo studio, the crew behind Latina’s April cover shoot is all set: the photographer poised in front of his camera, the makeup artist wearing a cosmetics tool belt for last-minute touch-ups, the hairstylist clutching a fan that will give our cover subject that windswept look. Everyone is in position. Except Shakira.

Not that she’s late. Dressed in a curve-hugging white suit, her pin-straight blond tresses grazing her impossibly petite waist, Shakira is off to the side, talking about babies as she swipes through the iPhone photos of a fellow mami’s little girl. “Is she walking yet? Is she talking?” she asks, genuinely interested. And it suddenly hits you that Shakira—the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy Award–winning global superstar, philanthropist and judge of The Voice—is simply a working mom stealing a moment away from her busy job to think about her own baby boy, who is almost 6,000 miles away back home in Barcelona.

By now we’re all familiar with the cutie pie who is Milan Piqué Mebarak. The fruit of Shakira’s passionate relationship with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, the 14-month-old helped make his mommy one of 2013’s top artists on social media charts thanks to the enormous number of likes a single Facebook photo of his adorable, chubby face can elicit—more than 2 million! After keeping her personal life under wraps for years, it’s surprising that Shakira is so open with the baby pictures, but she says it came about quite naturally. “When you have a baby, when you feel his love, you feel so at peace with the world. You just want to share the good news and share how happy you feel.”

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