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Shakira Wants You to Be Part of Her World Baby Shower

Shakira and Gerard Pique's World Baby Shower UNICEF

Shakira is one of those artists I’ve been following from the very beginning of her career, way before she crossed over to the U.S. market, and that has never let me down. Even now that she’s entering the motherhood stage, she’s doing it with such grace and awareness of her celebrity status that you just have to admire just how smart and giving of a woman she is.

Shakira and her boyfriend, the famous Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, are having a baby boy any day now and the tabloids, fan sites and entertainment outlets around the globe are reeling in expectation. Shakira, the savvy woman she is, knows that there’s no escaping the attention, so it’s much better to create the message herself and even use it for a greater cause.

Shakira and Gerard have been notorious for using social media to feature personal pictures of themselves to beat the paparazzi and even of their baby’s sonogram. Their latest, and much applauded move, is one they announced today in partnership with UNICEF. With one tweet and one beautiful picture of the couple featuring an exposed baby bump, they invited everyone to join in on their World Baby Shower celebration by purchasing donations through UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts –”real, life-saving items distributed to children and communities in some of the poorest corners of the globe.”

This philanthropic action by one of the newest judges of The Voice, will help UNICEF bring mosquito nets, polio vaccines, suspended baby scales, oral rehydration salts and ready-to-eat therapeutic food to support children survival in the world’s most vulnerable areas. The site for donations features this video below (in Spanish with English subtitles) of Shakira and Piqué welcoming you and explaining how your donation will help children in need across the globe.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch two busy celebrities and soon-to-be parents take the time and effort to make sure the attention they get is channeled for good. This is the true meaning of power and using your voice for social good.

Felicidades Shakira y Piqué por traer al mundo un niño con un corazón vibrante que desde ya ayuda a otros.

Congratulations to Shakira and Piqué for bringing to the world a boy with a vibrant heart that’s already helping to heal others.

Go here to visit and donate to “Shakira and Gerard Piqué’s World Baby Shower”

{Photo via Shakira’s Facebook page by photographer Jaume Laiguana}

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