A lot of things can be said about Shania Twain, but no one can ever attempt to knock her confidence.
She’s been at the top of the music industry for decades now, and has adapted over the years to ensure she remains relevant and adored by hundreds of thousands of people the world over.
Yet it’s not her music that’s making headlines of late, but rather her decision to pose topless for a recent photoshoot done for the cover her of her latest single, “Waking Up Dreaming”.
The 57-year-old country music titan left little to the imagination during the shoot, but said she was simply showing how “comfortable” she was.
Speaking to People Magazine, she said: “This is me expressing my truth. I’m comfortable in my own skin, and this is the way I am sharing that confidence.
“I think the best fashion is confidence, and whatever you wear… if you’re wearing it with that, it’s fashionable. I am a woman in my late 50s, and I don’t need to hide behind the clothes. I can’t even tell you how good it felt to do nude shooting. I was just so unashamed of my new body… It’s really liberating.”
In the photo, the singer, whose breakthrough album came some 25 years ago, appears kneeling on the ground sporting a white skirt and tie-dyed pink boots. Completing the look, she wore a white cowboy hat, protecting her modesty with her arms in front of her body.
In the past, Twain has spoken openly of the body insecurities she’s been forced to contend with over her years in the limelight.
As far back as 1993, the singer decided to go bra-less and show off her midriff for her “What Made You Say That” music video. She told People: “From the very beginning… the very first video… I was ditching the bra.
“But, I was a lot firmer then, so as I grew older, I started feeling a different pressure of, ‘Well, your breasts are not as plump as they used to be. Your skin is not as tight as it used to be. Maybe you should start covering it up a little bit more.’”
Coincidentally, the 57-year-old admitted that it was her own self doubts concerning her body image that inspired the boldness she hopes to convey in her upcoming project.
“I hit this wall and was like, ‘Whoa, my confidence is regressing. My courage is dulling. Why am I allowing this? Frig that. I am not regressing. I am embracing my body as it changes, as I should have from my childhood to my teens, as I should be from my taut, 20s and 30-year-old self… I’m not going to be shy about it. I want to be courageous about it, and I want to share that courage in the artwork that I am directing,” she said.
“Queen of Me”, Twain’s sixth studio album, is set to be released February 3.
I don’t know about you, but i think we need more empowering women like Shania Twain. It’s so, so important to be comfortable in your own skin, no matter your age, race, skin color or anything else.
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