Looks like someone's been reading Interview Magazine!
For the January issue of Glamour, the glossy brought on Katie Couric to chat with the lovely Shakira, but sadly we don't find the interview as eye-opening as we would like.
Katie basically asked Shakira the same questions the songstress is always asked, and Shakira answered following suit. Take, for instance, this exchange:
KC: You are about empowering women, yet your songs and performance are very sensual. How do you combine those?
Shakira: I’ll answer with the famous Spinal Tap quote, “What’s wrong with being sexy?” Sexy is good as long as it’s not the main recipe. It’s an ingredient. I would not appear in a leotard in a video if I [did] not have other dimensions.
KC: Do you worry ever that being provocative and sexy might make people think you don’t have a lot to say?
Shakira: I don’t. I know what I stand for. I’m more worried now about being true to myself. This time around, I wanted to show my legs. One day I looked at them, [and] I said, “Hey, they’re not bad! Kind of short, but they take me places.” So I did it. And that’s a message to other women…. Live your life to the fullest.
We did, however, appreciate her focus on Shakira's charity:
KC: You have focused on eradicating poverty and promoting education for kids. Tell me about your work.
Shakira: [When I was 18] I established the Barefoot Foundation in Colombia. Since then, we’ve been focusing on providing high-quality education for kids. The parents receive psychological support and occupational training. I’ve seen over the years that education transforms the lives of not only the kids but also families and entire communities…. [I also cofounded the group] ALAS, which puts early childhood development initiatives on the agenda of every Latin American leader.
Still, with Katie Couric asking the questions, you'd hope the dialogue would be a little more original!
To read the full interview, pick up the January issue of Glamour, on newsstands December 8th.
[Image courtesy of Glamour.]