She's come a long way since the days when she sang "Whenever, Wherever" in a pair of cowboy chaps and not much else. Mattel released several Shakira dolls in 2003, and her laid-back rocker style has been admired the world over. But it wasn't always this way.
When she first came to the attention of the western world, in 2001, Shakira's style was strictly for those with washboard stomachs, just like hers. Low-rise jeans, leather chaps and tiny little tops were the order of the day, with Shakira instantly being voted one of the sexiest women in the world for her trouble. It was all a far cry from her early days as a Catholic schoolgirl – no wonder one of the nuns at her old convent school has taken exception to the risqué video for "Don't Bother".
A style all her own
Of course, Shakira claims not to be too interested in following fashion. She just wears what she wants to wear, and if that means going barefoot on stage or wearing the type of clothes that regularly get her voted onto Blackwell's Worst Dressed list, well, who cares? Not Shakira, anyway. "I'm more concerned with makeup," she has admitted, and her flowing blonde locks and great-looking skin are a key part of her look. You'll rarely see Shakira with her hair tied sedately back: it's always on show in all its glory, contributing to the "rock chick" look that she's famous for.
No wonder Shakira has little time for the world of fashion, though: as the youngest-ever celebrity ambassador for UNICEF, Shakira is used to spending time with presidents, prime ministers and other heads of state. Perhaps that's one reason why her personal style has been toned down lately, with just a little bit less flesh on show, and the occasional dress replacing those hipster jeans for glamorous events.
However grown-up she gets, though, we're willing to bet that figure-hugging jeans and sparkly bra tops will remain the cornerstones of Shakira's style for a while yet. Well, if ya got it, may as well flaunt it…