Friday, 1 April 2011

Shakira to trademark 'belly dance'

Shakira is moving to trademark the terms 'belly dance', 'belly dancing' and 'shimmy' , as well as copyright the use of the sequinned bedlah in stage performances, in an effort to both 'manage her image' and raise money for her various charitable endeavours.

Suhaila Salimpour is reportedly 'furious' and has threatened to take legal action should the Colombian singer's applications be successful.

EDIT (6/4/11): Because this post is getting a lot of views, I'd just like to point out (a) the date this post went up and (b) the label. In the UK, 1 April is April Fool's Day and is celebrated with stupid jokes and pranks. This post was my lame attempt at an April Fool's gag. Shakira is not, as far as I know, looking to trademark 'belly dance', 'belly dancing' or 'shimmy' and you can keep wearing your bedlah without worrying she'll sue you.

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