Shakira: an unexpected feminist icon?
Shakira in 2017. Source: World Economic Forum/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) It is not unusual for an artist to take inspiration for their music from romantic relationships, either from good times or bad. For Shakira, the Colombian singer and an icon of the new mass culture, it is cathartic. Her latest song, “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53”, was written after her official separation from the Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué. It is supercharged. An Argentine journalist described it as a “scorned heavy metal” anthem and since it dropped on 11 January 2023, the song has become a hit and went viral on soci…