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Shakira Performs at FIFA Women’s World Cup + Promotes Education for Women


Shakira performed a killer set at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, baby bump and all. She’s a lot like her ‘Beautiful Liar’ duet partner Beyonce, isn’t she?

The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ songstress performed in Azerbaijan for the official closing of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The performance was met with some controversy, however. Human rights organizations Amnesty International and Sing for Democracy previously urged Shaki and fellow performer Rihanna to pull out of their shows to protest the free speech abuses the groups claim Azerbaijan commits against its citizens and press. Still, Shaki marched on — and for a good cause.

Shaki was on hand at the event as part of her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Colombian hip-shaker met with a group of teen girls from the UNICEF-sponsored U-17 soccer league to encourage education for women and girls. She also chatted about using sports as a tool to stay healthy and fit, because a sound mind and a sound body will carry them far.

“Sport is a particularly good way of reaching out to girls as well as boys, and can provide them with opportunities to connect with others socially,” Shakira said. “Sport, like education, can help girls become equal players in society.”

Shakira wasn’t just excited for the show for the sake of the show, though: She was also overjoyed at having the bun in her oven (it’s a boy!) onstage with her. She tweeted:

What a lucky baby! Too cute! She later congratulated the winners of the game:

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