All celebrities should use their fame in a positive way,” she adds. “I can use my music as a vehicle for promoting important issues much more efficiently than if I ran for political office.”

Shakira’s next album, Sale el Sol (The Sun Comes Out), is set to drop this fall. Following the success of last year’s English-language hit She Wolf, it will feature both Spanish and English lyrics, with a few merengue-infused pop songs as well as some that are rock-influenced and reminiscent of her early years.

“This album means so much to me,” she says. “As I worked on it, I was excited to reconnect with myself. It’s about the romantic inside me, about finding what’s missing in my life. I got back to my rocker side, but also my Latin side. I went to the Dominican Republic to listen to merengue, which I grew up dancing to. I wanted to capture that Caribbean vibe.”

Her world tour, which kicked off last month in the US, brought her to both Miami and Sunrise at the end of September. Naturally Miami is always a major stop for her professionally, but she also likes to hang out here and considers the city a home away from home.

“I love coming to Miami because it’s a real melting pot. And it’s hot, so people can wear little bits of clothing. I hate layers and coats,” she says. “I love Miami’s sense of space and the fact that you can always see the sky. It’s invigorating.”

Shakira spends much of her time in the Bahamian home she shares with longtime boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa, son of the former Argentine president. But for the rest of this year and into the next, she’ll be mostly on the road.

“I like being on stage more now,” she says. “I value the energy I feel when I hear the crowd singing back. Honestly, at this point in my life, I really do think my fans know me. They can tell when I’m feeling good or bad.”

And lately it’s been mostly good, as evidenced this past summer when she rocked the World Cup in her eye-catching Roberto Cavalli ensembles. You could see the joy all over her face, radiating through her smile. Asked if that was her biggest beauty secret, Shakira replies, “Of course—happiness is the best makeup you can have.”

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