Shakira Finds Herself In Sweatshop Controversy

The New York Daily News spoke with following reports that Delia’s, a teen fashion label that uses the Colombian pop singer in promotions, has had clothes made from a sweatshop in Brooklyn that has refused to pay dozens of Hispanic immigrants wages owed.

Shakira insisted, “To all the garment workers in Brooklyn and everywhere around the world, I want you to know that I was unaware of the dispute in Brooklyn, and I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations. I support the fight for just wages. It appears that the clothes I was wearing were not manufactured in the factory in question. But I would never have consented to the request to pose for the Delia’s campaign if I had been aware of even the slightest hint about unfair labor practices.”

Shakira Added To Divas Lineup

April 19, 2002 – The Dixie Chicks and Shakira have been added to the lineup of “VH1 Divas Las Vegas,” the cable channel said Thursday. They’ll join previously announced performances by Mary J. Blige, Cher and Celine Dion. The show is scheduled to air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 9 p.m. May 23. Proceeds will benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, which aims to restore music programs in America’s public schools.

Shakira Chats With Radio 1

April 5, 2002 – Shakira spoke with Jamie Theakston on Radio 1 Friday morning where she addressed the line about her breasts in ‘Whenever, Wherever’, and whether the line meant she wasn’t happy with her lack of cleavage. Shakira said, “In any woman’s life there’s a moment when we stand in front of a mirror and we’re not happy. It might be when we’re 32 and we think about what it will be like being 36, or when we’re 36 we might think of being younger. We’re never content with the way we are and the way we look. But, if you start loving yourself the way you are, and accepting yourself the way you are, your outlook totally changes.”

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