High school chic! Shakira, 34, rolls back the years in youthful ensemble as she is knighted in France
Last updated at 9:23 PM on 28th January 2012
As a singer in her mid-30s with 22 years experience in the music industry, Shakira can be classed a pop veteran.
But as the Colombian singer accepted an honour in France, she looked like she had just walked out of school.
The Latina sensation looked years younger than her age of 34 in a youthful ensemble of pleated skirt, waistcoat and knee-high boots.
Flirty: Colombian singer Shakira shows off her toned legs in a pleated skirt and knee-high boots
The blonde chart-topper showed off her toned and tanned legs in the unusual patterned skirt and matching top as she arrived at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes for the special ceremony.
Watched by her proud parents Nidia and William, Shakira accepted the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters) from French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand.
Lucky Mitterand got the chance to get up close and personal with the singer as he pinned her medal onto the singer’s waistcoat.
What a nice medal: French Culture Minister, Frederic Mitterrand studies Shakira’s medal at the presentation
Big occasion: Mitterand pins the medal on Shakira’s chest at the official ceremony
Speaking to the assembled crowd at the ceremony, she said: ‘I’m happy. I always felt connected with France. Thanks for all the love you send me.’
Also honoured was French singer/actress Patricia Kaas, who was made an Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of the Arts and Letters).
It was announced earlier this month that Shakira would be given the honour for her contribution to music.
Merci beaucoup: Shakira thanks the French government and people for her honour
Family pride: Shakira poses for a photo with her parents Nidia and William after the ceremony
The honour came two months after
Shakira released a cover of French song Je l’aime à mourir – after
previously singing in her native Spanish and English.
Previous recipients of the Chevalier honour include Kylie Minogue, Tim Burton, Vanessa Paradis, Jude Law and George Clooney.
After the ceremony, Shakira then changed into a more glamorous gown for the NRJ Music Awards.
Patient: Shakira sits next to fellow honouree Patricia Kass
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