EXCLUSIVE: Shakira Explains Why She Told Disney to 'Put Some Meat' on Her Animated 'Zootopia' Character

by Desiree Murphy 1:01 PM PST, February 18, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Shakira Explains Why She Told Disney to 'Put Some Meat' on Her Animated 'Zootopia' Character

Even Shakira's 3D character's hips don't lie!

ET chatted with the singer turned voiceover artist at the premiere of her new animated Disney movie, Zootopia, on Wednesday, where she revealed she had a lot of say on how the character she voiced -- Gazelle -- would appear in the adventure film.

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"We wanted to make Gazelle the character that I'm interpreting a little bit more similar to me," the 39-year-old "Empire" singer explained. "And so they asked me what I thought it should have and I said, 'Put some meat on the bones, you know? Poor girl, she needs some hips.'"

Disney liked Shakira's idea and decided to go forth with making the changes.

"So they took my suggestion and they made her definitely curvier," she continued.

Who wore it better? Looks like I have competition... Shak

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Shakira also told ET that making her character curvier was not only important to her personally, but to the overall message of the film.

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"This movie is about perseverance," she said. "It's about fighting for your own ideals in life against all odds."

"You know, when they first presented me with Gazelle, the character that I do in the movie, I felt identified with her because she's opinionated like me, she's got many aspects of my own personality," Shakira continued. "But when they told me about Judy Hopps [voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin], the little bunny who is a little creature dreaming about big dreams, it reminded me a lot of my own story, you know? [A] small girl, dreaming about the unthinkable! The unimaginable! And fighting against different obstacles all my life to make it here."

Earlier this month, Shakira took to Instagram to share a sweet story about her 1-year-old son, Sasha Piqué Mebarak, who apparently liked the doll version of Gazelle a little too much.

"Sasha likes Gazelle so much, he's been eating her fringe skirt!!" she captioned a pic of her holding the distressed toy.

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ET also caught up with Goodwin on the carpet, where she revealed her and her husband, Josh Dallas, "keep forgetting" that she's pregnant with their second child.

As we patiently wait for Zootopia to open in theaters on March 4, watch the video below to hear more.