Even though Shakira doesn’t have any contestants left on The Voice, her judging stint on the NBC show has proven fruitful. By all accounts, her freshman year has been met with positive reaction, reacquainting her back with North American fans. Elle magazine taps the Colombian singer for its feature editorial in their July 2013 issue. Photographer Carter Smith perfectly captures the 36-year-old singer’s natural beauty and sexiness.

Inside the issue, Shakira talks about her relationship with sexy soccer player Gerard Pique, being a new mother and the direction her music is headed in the future. Check out her spread below where she rocks out threads by Diane von Furstenberg, Versace and many more.

On Relationship With Sexy Gerard Pique

“He has his own world and that’s actually one of the healthiest things about the relationship. I know that he’s the one person who is with me not because of any interest other than the love than unites us. There’s nothing I can offer him beyond my womanhood – does that word exist in English?”

On Motherhood

“I’m still trying to figure it out. And I have a feeling I will try to do the same for the rest of my life. Some people put it like it’s very idyllic, some people put it like it’s a torturing experience, but it’s not quite one thing or the other. It’s like life – it comes with everything.”

On Where Her Music Is Directed

“I have no idea of where I want to go musically, but I’m fine that way. I don’t need to remain faithful to any concept, you know.”

For more Shakira, head over to Elle.com.