Colombian Singer Shakira was honored by France with The Medal for Arts and Letters (becoming a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).
The medal was given to her by the French Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand. In addition to her music, Shakira is also known for her philanthropic work for children.
“I believe that every child should have the right to follow their dreams and get an education,” she says on her website. “Growing up in Colombia, I saw that education can be a child’s way out of poverty and a way to fulfill his or her potential. It is a basic right, but too often poor children are shut out.”