Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, singer and songwriter Shakira developed a talent for performing at a young age.

While growing up, she discovered a passion for writing poems, belly dancing, and, of course, singing, which she eventually segued into a succesful music career in Latin America. In 2001, Shakira began to break through into the English-speaking market with her fifth studio album, Laundry Service, whick took off in the United States thanks to its hit single, "Whenever, Wherever".

And who could forget the mid-2000s classic, not to mention one of the highest selling singles of the 21st century, "Hips Don't Lie"?

Shakira's career is truly remarkable—and isn't slowing down any time soon. Here are 13 head-turning photos of the sexy Colombian popstar.