Watch Shakira Make Her Telenovela Debut in Newly Unearthed Video

How’s this for Throwback Thursday?!

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Before becoming an international star, Shakira made her TV debut on the Colombian telenovela, El Oasis. Much like everything that goes viral, the Internet recently stumbled upon a video of “Hips Don’t Lie” singer starring on the teenage romance soap opera. At just 17-years-old, the mother-of-two was cast as “Luisa Maria Rico”, alongside actor Pedro Rendón. The 1994 novela was a Romeo and Juliet spin-off, that followed the love story between the children of two rival families.

Although the blonde beauty sang the theme songs and was the protagonist of the telenovela, in 2002, the Colombian superstar bought the rights to the series to prevent it from airing again. Fortunate for us, this hidden gem was recently found.

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Watch Shak step up her acting game above.