Who says that pop stars can’t be academic role models?
With education reform on a list of high priorities for the White House, President Obama has enlisted the help of pop star Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll to sit on President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – a four-person group that will give advice to the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
The Grammy Award-winning musician is perhaps most famous for her hit album “She Wolf,” which sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.
“Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and dancer,” said the White House in a statement. “In addition to her career in music, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll has been involved in a number of global educational efforts.”
Perhaps Shakira is a closet bookworm. She secretly attended UCLA back in 2009 disguised as a man, wearing a baseball cap to class, and even her professor wasn’t aware of her identity until after she finished the class.