Shakira is the first Colombian to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but she follows in the footsteps (or handprints) of some legendary, influential Latino stars.
Rita Moreno of West Side Story fame received her own star in 1995. In a 2008 interview with The Miami Herald, she said winning an Academy Award for her portrayal of Anita empowered her to turn down the stereotypical Latina roles she played in her earlier career.
Before 'West Side Story' I was always offered the stereotypical Latina roles, Moreno told the Herald. The Conchitas and Lolitas in westerns. I was always barefoot. It was humiliating, embarrassing stuff. But I did it because there was nothing else. After West Side Story, it was pretty much the same thing. A lot of gang stories.''
While the number of Latino entertainers with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has grown, a CNN analysis shows that minorities still make up a small amount on the famous walkway.
Less than one percent of the stars belong to Asian entertainers, while 5.1 percent belong to African-Americans and 3.4 percent to Hispanics.
When I was seven years-old, I came to Los Angeles for the first time and I passed by the Walk of Fame with my mother, Shakira said at her Walk of Fame ceremony, Reuters reported. I remember that my mom told me, 'Shaki, one day you are going to have your name on this place.'
Here are photos of Shakira, Moreno and other Latino entertainers who have left their mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.