“I am a woman in my late 50s, and I don't need to hide behind the clothes,” the singer said of her recent nude shoot.
Singer Shania Twain made a name for herself over two decades ago when she took the country world (and then the pop world) by storm. Now, the “Man! I Feel Like A Woman...” hitmaker is ready to bare it all with her latest album — by posing nude.
Twain, 57, recently announced that she would be releasing a new album — Queen of Me — along with an accompanying tour. Queen of Me is all about Twain loving herself, which is also why she decided to pose nude in the mud for the album’s artwork.
In an interview with People, Twain said she is “expressing my truth” by baring it all.
“I'm comfortable in my own skin, and this is the way I am sharing that confidence," she said. "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, you know, as a woman that is well into my menopause. I'm not even emotional about it; I just feel okay about it. It's really liberating."
The “Any Man Of Mine” singer added that, during the height of her career, she felt the pressure to look perfect before eventually embracing the wrinkles that come with age.
"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, to my menopausal body,” she said. “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."
Last month, Twain explained to TalkShopLive that now that she is older, she is ready to do all the things she used to be too insecure to do.
“I was a very insecure woman, girl ... I was one of those teenagers that would never wear a bikini at the beach, for example,” Twain told TalkShopLive. “So I’m saying, well, the heck with that. I didn’t do it when I was younger, so I’m going to do it now. I’m going to feel and show that I feel comfortable in my own skin.”
Twain hasn’t released all of the photos from the album shoot just yet, however, she has posted some teasers on her Instagram. One photo shows Twain nude behind a horse and another where she wears only an opened button-down shirt.
Though the photos are practically flawless, with Twain really coming into her own as an almost 60-year-old woman, she admitted that she had to muster up a lot of courage to make the shoot happen.
“Trust me, this took courage because I am so not an exhibitionist. It was all about my own message to myself. Just saying, you know, it’s just time to feel comfortable in my own skin and share that with other people and just share those insecurities, shed that skin of insecurity,” she explained.
The country singer went on to explain that she started out with verbal affirmations to herself about the aging process. However, she soon learned that saying these things wasn’t enough. So, she decided to do something to show just how much she was embracing her age.
“Repeating the message to myself was the beginning, just saying, ‘OK, I’m fine with the way I look, I’m fine aging, I’m fine and comfortable with myself.’ And this was the final step of saying, OK, I can’t just tell people that. I can’t just say it. I’ve got to live it,” she said.
After announcing her new album on Instagram, Twain wrote about how much this new album meant to her and how the songs speak to her self-empowerment.
“Life is short and I want to be uplifted, colorful, unapologetic and empowered. I want to carry a clear message, particularly as a woman, to always remember my power and I hope the songs are a reminder to you, of that same power inside you!” she wrote. “I’ll be Queen Of Me—you be Queen of YOU! 👑”
Queen of Me is out February 3.
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