Close friend of Gabriela Vaca Guzman.
Ranked #9 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Her album "Fijación oral Vol.1" is #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart in September 2005.
While promoting "Pies descalzos," she returned to Barranquilla in 1997 for a huge homecoming concert, the first one since becoming a star. Tragedy struck that night when the venue failed to control the 50,000 fans rushing in to see their star. Two people ended up being trampled to death, and this deeply affected her.
Was appointed by Barack Obama to serve on his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Yet her alleged expertise in early childhood education has been under scrutiny by educators who point out her zero years of teaching experience and lack of a college degree.