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If Shakira wasn’t a music star, what would she be? “Probably a doctor,” she told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
“I like medicine,” she said during an on-stage interview that was webcast. And since she is “fascinated” by neuroscience and new discoveries about the brain, she suggested “that would probably be my specialty.”
When the audience was asked if they would rather see Shakira work in medicine or music, the crowd came down clearly in favor of her sticking to her career. “I’d be an amazing doctor,” the Colombian superstar promised though before adding to laughs: “I’d be a sexy doctor though.”
While she emphasized that she wants her children to be passionate about whatever career they may choose, she did acknowledge that if she has a say, one of them would end up in sports. “I want one of them to be a [soccer] player,” she said and talked about having been to the last three soccer World Cups.
Discussing her early interest in music, she shared with the audience that her music teacher didn’t like her voice and didn’t let her into the school choir. And she recalled that many of her classmates told her: “Shakira, you sing like a goat.” But her father always encouraged her, she explained.
When her interviewer lauded her for her talent, Shakira said: “More than talented, I think I have been very persistent and disciplined.”
Shakira also shared some other passions, such as her love of Indian film. “I love Bollywood,” she told the Davos crowd.
The singer’s appearance came a day after she received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award for her humanitarian work.
She set up her charity Fundacion Piez Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation), a nonprofit whose mission is to make education universally accessible to all children, when she was 18. She got the idea after her parents took her to a park where orphaned children were living and sleeping, with the image of that and their difficult lives staying with her. “I wanted to build state-of-the-art schools,” she said. And she lauded her team for helping it be a success. “It is a challenge, and it comes with many obstacles,” the music star explained. “We work in very remote areas” hurt by a lack of infrastructure.
Shakira also spoke out about the power social media gives people today to effect change and build support for good causes. “You don’t really need to be celebrity to effect change,” she told the World Economic Forum. “Thanks to the power of social media, everybody really has a platform and a voice.”
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