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Shakira Denies Cross-Dressing Rumors: "It Was a Little Joke"

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Yes, the dude next to you in line at the cafeteria at college may have been Shakira. It has been widely reported on the internet that when the pop star attended UCLA in 2007 after touring for “Oral Fixation”, she studied history and dressed “like a boy.” When the star arrived at the 2009 Whitney Museum gala sponsored by Versace on Monday, she looked nothing like a boy, in a sexy silver gown and sleek long blonde hair. So as for those rumors? “It was a little joke I made once,” she explained to PEOPLE of the rumor. “I didn’t really dress like a guy. I used to go to university in disguise, in a cap and baggy pants. So I looked pretty much looked like a boy.” And did her fellow students recognize the superstar and her world famous curves? “They didn’t recognize me,” she confirmed emphatically with a smile. “No!” That must have been one good disguise! — Jeffrey Slonim