Latina Magazine Celebrates 15 years with 15 Latinas We Love

 

Latina magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special collector’s issue, “15 Latinas We Love,” which highlights fifteen of the most influential Latina celebrities on its October 2011 cover since the magazine hit the stands 15 years ago.

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The Multi Cultural Shakira

Shakira With Music Video Co-Star/Spanish Tennis Champ Rafael Nadal

Recently Shakira has created quite a stir with casting the Spanish tennis hunk and world Champion, Rafael Nadal in her new video Gypsy.  And she is back with more belly dancing in the new vid.  Ever wonder why she is so partial to that dance move?  Info about her ethnic background on her dad’s side helps to shed light. 

The Colombian singer’s real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll and she was born in Barranquilla Colombia.

She was born to a mother of Spanish and Italian ancestry named Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado. Her father, William Mebarak Chadid is of Lebanese ethnicity.

Her name Shakira means “thankful” in Arabic. She uses Turkish-Arabic belly dancing in a lot of her performances.

Find out more about Shakira and the ethnicity of other celebs at http://ethniccelebs.com

Try this Mediterranean Recipe which is popular among the Lebanese: Al Fattoush Salad Recipe

United in a Desire to Help Haiti

Haitian Star Wyclef and Colombian star Shikara

Statement From Shakira about the Haitian devastation:

The destruction and loss of life in Haiti causes us all to take stock in what is really important. This small country has endured so much – more than its fair share of tragedy. I can’t imagine the devastation that has struck an already weakened infrastructure. Critical services needed for recovery, such as schools and hospitals, have been destroyed.

The people of Haiti need our help immediately. Money will be needed to provide urgent emergency relief and I urge everyone who can afford to help to either donate to UNICEF’s emergency relief fund at www.unicef.org or text the word YELE to 501501 on your U.S. cell phone (this will charge your phone $5 – it will go to Wyclef Jean’s foundation which is playing a major role in the relief effort. For more information, see www.yele.org).

We must all act. As a global community, we must be part of the recovery of Haiti and its people.

Thank you.

Shakira

Colombian Star Shakira Cooks Arabic foods

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Singer Shakira has taken up learning how to cook Arabic food because it’s a tradition that runs in her family. The Colombian pop star with Lebanese blood has been taught by her aunt, and says her first dinner party was a great success. She says, “I’ve recently learned how to cook Arabic food. It’s great food and I don’t want the tradition to get lost in my family.” “My aunt cooks Lebanese food so I called her and she gave me all the recipes over the phone.” “I ended up doing a meal for six peoples which was really successful!”

Learn more about Shakira’s Arabic Ancestry