How Shakira is staying forever young at 46: from the MTV VMAs winner’s fitness routine including dancing, to her vigilant skincare regime and diet – and her dismissal of plastic surgery claims

After being in the biz for over 30 years, it seems like she hasn’t aged a day. A pic of her in her early 20s could pass off as a photo of her now, at 46. And it’s not just her looks that keep her youthful, but her high energy too.

Recently at the MTV VMAs, where she won big alongside fellow pop icon Taylor Swift, the “Hips Don’t Lie” songstress put on an incredible show that involved dancing with knives, twisting through a fake cave and crowd-surfing her way towards accepting her Vanguard Award. And, of course, she looked fabulous doing it.

Maybe it’s good genes, maybe it’s a really good dietitian and trainer – either way, we want to know how she does it. Here’s a breakdown.

According to Hello! magazine, Shakira sticks to a strict diet that involves small, nutrient-rich meals to keep her energy up during the day. To prepare for a major performance like the Super Bowl, her trainer said that Shakira eliminates sugar and dairy, but eats everything else – including the occasional treat like dark chocolate – in moderation.