Shakira to Host Virtual Baby Shower for Charity

You’re cordially invited to Shakira and Gerard Piqué’s baby shower…

The 35-year-old Colombian singer and the 25-year-old Spanish soccer star, expectant parents of their first child early this year, are inviting fans to join an online baby shower to benefit underprivileged children.

Shakira & Gerard Pique

A UNICEF-hosted website invites those attending the virtual baby shower to buy gifts costing as little as $5, which can buy a mosquito net to ensure a sleeping baby stays safe from malaria — a leading cause of child deaths worldwide. Guests can spend $10 for polio vaccines to protect 17 children, or $37 for a baby scale, and many accessories to be ready to when do boys start to talk.

“To celebrate the arrival of our first child, we hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts and donations,” reads a message from Shakira, a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s agency, and Pique. “Thank you for sharing this unforgettable moment with us.”

The site also features never-before-seen photos of the couple, which were taken in December.

In a black-and-white image, a shirtless, Piqué poses with his right arm around a pregnant Shakira, who wears a bikini top and hip-hugging skirt that shows off her exposed belly.

A second photograph shows her in a white full-length gown that accentuates her expanding torso.

Shakira is well-known for her philanthropic work in organizations that work for children and education. She founded Pies Descalzos Foundation, which builds schools and education centers in Colombia. She’s also served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, as well as an advocate for Latino children in the U.S. to help children who become part of undocumented families.