For country music icon Shania Twain, posing nude for the first time was an act of courage.
In an interview with TODAY’s Hoda Kotb for the “Making Space with Hoda Kotb” podcast, the 57-year-old opened up about embracing her body while developing the artwork for her upcoming album “Queen of Me,” which involved a nude photo shoot.
Her motto? “Forget the sag,” she said.
“I’m only going to get more saggy,” she told Hoda. “It’s also one of those things like, I better enjoy this moment right now because I know I don’t look like I did when I was 20.”
The five-time Grammy winner explained that the photo shoot was a “real leap of faith” as she worked to be more “relaxed and comfortable” in her own skin.
“I don’t even know where I got the courage to do it,” she said. “I think I just got fed up of judging myself.”
The singer also said that she believes she’s reached a point in her life where she wouldn’t consider plastic surgery.
“Maybe that was probably part of what pushed me to go, ‘OK, it’s time to start loving yourself in your own skin,’” she said.
Earlier this month, the singer shared on TODAY that posing nude for her album was not only an act of empowerment. It also provided a way for her to face some of the trauma she experienced in childhood.
“Doing the nude photography is really about saying listen, I was abused when I was a kid. … This cringey, horrible wanting to escape being in my own skin — I’m just in this mode now where, no, no no, I’m happy in my own skin,” she said.
“It’s the only skin I have,” she added. “I don’t have a choice. Otherwise, I’m going to hate myself for the rest of my life. So it’s time to start loving myself in my own skin and really embracing that and not be embarrassed or shy of it and this is who I am.”
In December, Twain shared with The Sunday Times that to avoid abuse from her stepfather she would flatten her breasts.
“I would wear bras that were too small for me, and I’d wear two, play it down until there was nothing girl about me. Make it easier to go unnoticed. Because, oh, my gosh, it was terrible — you didn’t want to be a girl in my house,” she told the outlet.
Now, with her sixth studio album, “Queen of Me,” out Feb. 3, Twain is “enjoying the search” of finding and accepting herself, she told Hoda in the podcast episode.
“It couldn’t be more fitting for where I’m really at in my own mind,” she said. “I’m responsible for myself. I take the good with the bad.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!