Shania Twain lays bare body image struggles: 'I was ashamed of being a girl'

By Ellen James December 05, 2022
Shania Twain revealed she was physically and sexually assaulted by her stepfather 

Shania Twain has opened up about her struggles with body image.

The 57-year-old country musician hasn’t had it easy during her pre-pubescent years.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Twain revealed she made consistent efforts to hide her growing body parts at her home as she lived with her physically and sexually abusive stepfather.

“I hid myself and I would flatten my boobs. 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 explained.

The Man! I Feel Like a Woman! songstress shared her struggle of stepping out into the world which “reinforced” her shame of “being a girl.”

Twain shared that she constantly felt “exploited” but had to “play the glamorous singer, had to wear my femininity more openly or more freely” once she was entrusted with the responsibility to raise her younger siblings after her parents passed away.

She opened up about having to figure out ways to prevent getting “groped, or raped by someone’s eyes, you know, and feel so degraded.”

However, after a long struggle, the Party for Two singer gained a sense of confidence and learned to use her body language to send the message "don’t even get any closer" when she walked into the room.

Twain described the transition as a “metamorphosis of sorts” as she slowly started making peace with her body.

At present, Twain shared she is “celebrating escaping this horrible state of not wanting to be who I am.”

She continued: “And I’m so confident. Now that I discovered that it’s OK to be a girl. The unapologetic woman is a very powerful person indeed.”

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