It's hard to believe Shania Twain never felt beautiful growing up, but that's exactly what the Canadian country star says. In an essay for InStyle, the singer revealed that finding her femininity was what helped her learn to love herself and become a great artist.
In the article, Twain, who was born in Windsor, Ont., but grew up in the smaller town of Timmins, wrote: "I wasn't blessed with prettiness. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we were poor and moved around a lot, or that my mother kept my hair short, but I was always mistaken for a boy. I wanted to wear pants and go hunting with my dad, while my two sisters wore dresses and were fair, blond and a lot cuter."
"Even in high school, when my body was developing and all the curves came in, I didn't get a sense of my femininity," she continued. "I wasn't ready for the changes, and I didn't enjoy them."
It was only when she started performing with bands that Twain started to get in touch with her feminine side and gained a sense of confidence. At 21, she started honing her fashion sense and makeup skills, and even got her dancers to teach her how to walk in heels.
It wasn't just about what to wear to go out on a Friday night; it was about becoming an artist.
"I got into the groove of it and started to love it," she explained. "Since I was such a late bloomer, I think I liked the indulgence of getting dressed up. It was a new playground for me — picking the fabrics, colours, and images was a very creative process. It wasn't just about what to wear to go out on a Friday night; it was about becoming an artist."
Twain's confidence has certainly helped her career take off. In fact, many of her singles have been about female empowerment, owning your sex appeal, and knowing your worth. Her hits "Any Man of Mine" and "That Don't Impress Me Much" are true testaments of that.
Last year, the 52-year-old also revealed how she found confidence with age. "I spent most of my childhood embarrassed or feeling insecure or inadequate. That stays with you," she told Billboard.
It wasn't until she entered her 40s that she truly felt comfortable in her own skin. "I felt, 'Oh, I really own where I am," she said. "I guess I earned this."
I spent most of my childhood embarrassed or feeling insecure or inadequate. That stays with you.
In June, Twain released her first album in 15 years, following a battle with Lyme disease, which caused her to lose her voice. And last month, the singer announced her 2018 North American tour. Clearly nothing can put a damper on this star's confidence.
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