How Shakira overcame prejudices early in her career: “It was uncomfortable”

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Shakira opens up about the “uncomfortable” stereotypes she suffered at the start of her musical career.

There is no doubt that the iconic singer has enjoyed worldwide success, selling over 75 million records and being recognized as one of the most influential artists, but she now reveals that she has had a hard time “because of other types of prejudice “.

The 44-year-old star has revealed that one of the things she has to fight against is prejudice against Colombians, as she started her career outside her country during a period of war and violence in Latin America.

“I remember when I had my first big break from music outside of Colombia there was a lot of two-way comments about what it was like to be Colombian, and generally associated with drug trafficking, everything that. It’s like, we always make the joke, it was uncomfortable, ”she explained.

The singer said she wanted to change the perspective of the world, admitting that she “knew there was a lot to be done” and “had to prove that a lot of people were wrong”.

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“I knew I had to show the world a truer side of my country. I needed to really share with the rest of the world what we are Latinos and Colombians. And I always had a kind of social weight on me. I represent so many minorities. I am half Lebanese. I am also Colombian, ”she said.

And although it was difficult for the singer, she says that her “many different influences” have been the key to her success, as it has been “fun to experiment and perform with so many different musical genres and influences. “.

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