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Oct052011

Obama Appoints Shakira to Hispanic Education Commission

John Parra/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- 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 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.

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