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Shakira, America Ferrera

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Shakira is stepping into actress Mode.

The sexy songstress has been tapped to play herself in an upcoming episode of Ugly Betty, ABC confirms.

A network rep tells us Shakira "will be shooting her scenes in New York, but they will [appear] in the Bahamas episode—which will most likely air in November."

In an interview with People, show runner Silvio Horta explains the inspiration behind the pop star's casting. "We had a very memorable moment in the third episode where Betty has a makeover that goes wrong and she struts down the street to 'Hips Don't Lie,' " says Horta. "She's an enormous Latina icon, as is Betty, and we thought it was a perfect fit."

Meanwhile, 3rd Rock From the Sun alum Kristen Johnston will also guest on the campy hit, filling the role originally created for Paula Abdul.

Season four of Ugly Betty premieres Friday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. on ABC.


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