Pop Culture: La Tortura

Shakira greases up in her La Tortura video

She’d already mesmerized audiences with her midriff-baring attire and seductive moves in the video for “Whenever, Wherever,” but Shakira set tongues wagging when she got all dirty in the clip for her hit “La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz. Despite the video’s simple plot—from his new girlfriend's apartment, Sanz spies on Shakira and remembers things they had done together in the past—it sparked a whole lot of oil change fantasies! Shakira reveals her alter ego dancing erotically on the building's roof, covered in black paint. Its no wonder "La Tortura" was one of the first Spanish-language videos to get heavy rotation on mainstream American music channels. And, it was even first non-English clip to get an entire episode of MTV’s Making the Video dedicated to it.


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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.