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Who does she [Shakira] think she is?

What does your drawing tell us about you?
~I drew a woman with brains, heart and uterus, surrounded by a Colombian flag. Her whole body is in flames. I think I am a woman who is passionate and stubborn, but rational and analytical. Are you getting a shrink to analyze my drawing?

Just Dr. Blender, and he's both scared and aroused. What happened to Ripoll, your last name, anyway?
~It's here, running through my veins. I use my first name just to make it easier for everybody to remember.

What are you more scared of: spiders, heights or death?
~The third one. I consider myself necrophobic.

What are the symptoms?
~You are a shrink. I always tried not to touch that subject, because it would really give me existential anxiety. Death is not only related to the physical death of the body, it's also related to the death of relationships or feelings. Every day, I feel a little bit older, a little less alive, more alive with the possibility of being less alive, closer to death [laughs].

The last pop star we heard use the phrase existential anxiety was Morrissey.
~Why am I telling you all these things? I'm not supposed to say all the things I feel. Just the things that sell records. That's what they tell me, anyway.

What is your favorite curse word?
~I would love to use the "F" word in English, but as I've been educated under Catholic terms and principles, I'm unable. So I just say "freakin' this" and "this freakin' thing."

We're sure God knows what freakin' means. What's the worst mistake you've ever made?
~I wouldn't say it in an interview.

We'll assume it's terrifically awful, then. What's your favorite legal drug?
~Diet Pepsi. Oops, I cannot say that! [Shakira has an endorsement deal with Pepsi-Cola.] You think they're going to cancel my contract?

Depends on how many records you sell. Whom do people say you look like?
~Now that I've dyed my hair, they ask me if I'm Britney Spears. In New York, twice a day: "Are you Britney Spears? Can you give me an autograph?" I'm like, "Of course, but I'm not Britney Spears."

Who are your musical peers?
~To tell you the truth, I don't feel that I'm artistically similar to anybody right now. I have a unique musical proposal.

Is sex overrated or underrated?
~I am certainly very identified with Freud's pensiemento, his thought that life starts with sexuality. I don't know how you say it in English, but it's like la aguja de nuestra brujula [literally, "the needle of our compass"]. It's overrated, but underestimated at the same time. We treat it like something cheap, we talk too much about it, we don't give sex the sacred place it deserves. A woman doesn't mop the floor in her wedding dress, right?

Only in Madonna videos. What do men not understand about women?
~Our hysterical side. Our tense, demanding side. We're not only controlled by our emotions, our heart, our brain, but also by our hormones sometimes. Just give us a lot of attention. Women are so complicated. I know myself: I'm the type of woman that if I have the attention every second of my life, I'm an angel.

And if you don't get the attention?
~Fasten your seat belts.

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