Shakira x Ipanema Collection Interview

Shakira x Ipanema Collection Interview

Shakira x Ipanema Collection Interview

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Shakira is living as her most authentic self — in life, fashion, and even music. While her latest era might not be a return to form, it is a raw, unguarded celebration of who she’s always been — as evidenced by her new album.

The Colombian singer might be known for her upbeat dance ballads, but in her latest release (and first new album in seven years), Shakira seems less interested about injecting “life” into the songs, and rather, more inspired to make sense of it — with the help of her signature lyricism and staple, thunderous vocals.

Unlike past records, “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran” (which translates to “women no longer cry”) sees the Latin-pop icon in her most unguarded state yet, following the ending — and public aftermath — of her 11-year relationship with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué.

Through melodic tracks like “La Fuerte” and “Tiempo Sin Verte,” the songstress explores the themes of heartbreak, healing, and as she’s described it, the “dissolution of a family.”

“[This] is a project that’s been years in the making, and it’s incredibly close to my heart — it reflects a period of intense personal growth and artistic exploration,” Shakira tells PS. “It’s a blend of new sounds and styles, like Afrobeats and EDM, but also has the rock and the ballads that always have a place on my albums.”

In the wake of her most vulnerable album release to date, the star has also found other avenues for joy and “artistic exploration” beyond the world of music. Most recently, she joined Ipanema — the Miami-based sandal brand known for its colorful, sustainable footwear — as it’s new global ambassador.

Though the pop icon had previously worked with the label in years past, she was “happy to reunite again” with Ipanema’s team, this time in a more collaborative position.

Much like the star, Ipanema’s core ethos revolve around female empowerment and individuality, with products that are designed to stand out, help people live more carefree, and pay homage to the laid-back lifestyle that defines Brazilian culture; every pair of Ipanemas sandals is designed and crafted in Brazil.

“Ipanema represents a vibrant part of Brazilian culture, which holds a special place in my heart from the time I spent there on my first world tour.”

To celebrate her new role with the brand, Shakira released a specially curated collection that features her favorite Ipanema styles — all of which are available to shop directly through the label and at other top retailers like Macy’s.

The styles range from sparkly thong sandals and flexible slingbacks to colorful strappy sandals and classic slip-on shoes that are primed for summertime-wear — especially by the pool or beach.

Ahead, shop styles from Shakira’s curated sandal collection with Ipanema, including the shoe she claims is “perfect for summer.”

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