So, I really want to maintain my love affair with Shakira. I really do. When I saw her at the W Hotel in Barcelona this past fall in her black mini dress and ridiculously high Christian Louboutin stiletto knee boots, she was so adorable standing there like a little princess on stilts. She is, indeed, just as beautiful in real life as she appears in her videos. But here’s the thing – ridiculous blonde hair aside – why does she have to persist in looking like a stripper in her videos? The girl can sing. She can also dance. Must she persist in demonstrating that even talented women must don their underwear in order for people to buy their record? Is she this insecure? Wasn’t getting the commission for the World Cup single at least a decent bit of professional validation?
The release of the Rabiosa video is just another example of this. When I first started watching it, I was delighted to see Shakira with bobbed brown hair, in a pretty typical party dress, hanging out at a club with her friends acting, well, normal. She was smiling and dancing and playing around. And then – out of nowhere and in a way that has nothing to do with the “storyline” of the video – she busts out in her Victoria’s Secret wear as a pole dancer. And although this is consistent with the video imagery we saw in Shewolf, which had horrible art direction I must add, why in the world do we want to see Shakira doing this again? At least put on a different outfit for heaven’s sake.
I do not need or want Shakira to be the Colombian Britney Spears anymore.
But perhaps another perspective is needed here so I decided to ask a fellow-Colombian, GAD, his thoughts on Shakira.
“Shakira used to make indie music that was primarily for a Columbian/Latin audience,” he said, “and she gained an even greater appeal with the Latin Pop wave of the late 90’s and eary 2000’s.”
But, contrary to my opinions, it was not just her shift into a blonde pole dancer that caused GAD to change his opinion about her. It was the fact that she went from being the Shakira of Pies Descalzos into a “totally trashy pop caricature of the voracious sexy Latin tart.” He goes on to say, “she has the right to make tons of money but she also has the right to take back her career from the crew that pre-packages music 3-4 albums ahead of the current release.” Good point — with all of her success, why doesn’t Shakira seem to be even remotely involved in her music anymore? Are these her artistic choices or those of her label?
Here’s Waka Waka (World Cup Song)
Here’s La Tortura with Alejandro Sanz which is probably one of my faves songs
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