Shania Twain has spent her entire career pushing the boundaries of country music – both musically and visually. It would be an understatement to say that she made a splash in the genre with her revealing belly. Despite the fact that she is a trendsetter in this regard, she has never set a goal to make her body the center of attention. However, the country music legend made headlines last year thanks to the first semi-nude promotional photo shoot of his career. Most recently, “Man! The “I Feel Like A Woman” singer told Today’s Hoda Kotb about why she posed nude at 57.
Shania Twain spoke to her followers when she posted the cover of the topless single “Waking Up Dreaming” on her Instagram account. Take a look at it for yourself:
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After the cover made a lot of noise, the country music superstar talked about embracing her body in her fifties, appearing on NBC Today. Hoda Kotb got straight to the point, asking Twain why she went to Full Monty at 57. And, according to the performer, the decision was dictated by the desire to face their fears after a life filled with insecurity in the body:
I did a whole photo shoot as part of the album cover, where I’m completely naked. And it was really scary. But it was something like – you know, I really don’t like looking at my body with lights on or looking at my body in the mirror at all. So I said, “Look, I’m going to face this fear. I’m going to go to this photo shoot. I’m going to put fashion aside.” We used fashion to flatter our shapes, perhaps to hide what we don’t like, to make us look the way we would like us to really look without clothes. Fashion aside, it’s me.
Honestly, it’s amazing to hear her talk about being uncomfortable in her body, given her brash public persona. But, of course, anyone can suffer from insecurity, no matter how famous or successful they are. At this stage of her life, it seems that she no longer wants to let fear dictate decisions regarding her personality. And I’m sure the fans who recreated her iconic images from music videos like “This Doesn’t Impress Me Much” and “Dude! I feel like a woman” for many years — all for.
Later, in a delicate conversation, Hoda Kotb asked the Grammy winner “how she felt at that moment” when she posed topless for the first time in her long career. Despite being insecure about her body, Shania Twain said she found it “empowering” and went on to tell what was going on in her head at the time.:
It was so inspiring. I’m so glad I did it. I was petrified. But as soon as I flipped the switch and plunged into it, I thought: “I’m in.” I have completed 100%. And I didn’t think about what others were thinking. I wasn’t thinking about who was in the room. It’s about me. This is my moment to truly embrace myself in vulnerable moments. He had to be vulnerable. Where I felt that I faced the fear of being a judge or maybe even being ridiculed, embarrassed.
The artist’s decision to overcome this lifelong fear is certainly a turning point for her and only added to what was already an eventful year for her in 2002. From checking in on behalf of Ryan Reynolds at the People’s Choice Awards ceremony to the role of Mrs. Potts in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (available for viewing through a Disney+ subscription), the star has been very busy. She even released her famous documentary “Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl” (which is currently available on a Netflix subscription). I look forward to the work she will release in the future and hope she continues to feel comfortable in her skin.
Shania Twain’s musical comeback continues with her first album in six years, Queen of Me, which is released on February 3 along with her nude cover. Following the release of the album, she will embark on a large-scale concert tour later this year.