She's Still the One - Who Loves Leather!
Shania Twain (born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a popular Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Shania's 1997 album "Come On Over" became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre.
It also is the best-selling country album of all time, with more than 40 million copies worldwide. Hey, you only have to do that once, right? Once you're rich and a success, that's it. But Shania has done it more than once.
Shania has had many huge successes, in fact, and reportedly has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Well, by now it's probably a lot more than that. But she's sold a lot of records.
While "You're Still the One" off of "Come On Over" did better on the charts, "You Don't Impress Me Much" is the single that made Shania immortal. It played constantly on MTV (which still played videos then), was a global hit that went to No. 1 in some countries on their pop charts, and featured an absolutely stunning Shania clad in a slinky leopardskin-print hoodie. One suspects that Shania spent major time in the gym before filming that video. "That Don't Impress Me Much" went double Platinum in the U.S. and probably got Shania a lot of dates.
Somewhat incredibly despite that success, Shania still is only the second-best-selling Canadian of all time, behind Celine Dion.
Shania also is the 10-best-selling singer of the Soundscan era (which began in 1993).
In fact, Canada is full of outstanding female singers. These include, among others, Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Anne Murray, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan. Probably something in the water up there.
Twain's ancestry has been the subject of some misunderstanding. Her adoptive father was an Ojibwa Native Canadian, but her biological father was not.
Shania, however, has maintained that her mother was part Cree Indian, though the evidence for that is scant. Nobody is questioning her heritage, and anyway, does it really matter? As a kid, she "sang for her supper" at a roadside bar, which she says helped her develop her later singing style.
After her parents died in a car crash, Shania took over running the household. It forced her to grow up fast.
Once her two younger brothers and two younger sisters were old enough, they moved out on their own. Shania then had the opportunity to put together a demo tape, which a country music label liked.
After she signed with them, she changed her name to Shania, which everyone apparently thought was an Ojibwa word (but wasn't). Clearly, Shania knew how to play up her ancestry - whatever it was.
Some of Shania's other big hits include the singles "From This Moment On," which went Top 5 in the U.S., and "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!", which featured Shania in a futuristic video. "Forever and for Always" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" also made big impressions.
It is easy to talk about Shania's career in the past tense, because her humongous hits were all around the turn of the century. That's unfair, but it's part of being a singing legend. Shania is still recording and making the charts. Her single "Life's About to Get Good" went Top 40 on the U.S. Country Chart in 2017 (a chart on which she has seven No. 1 hits, incidentally). Her album "Now!" has yet to be released as of this writing, but it's certain to be well-received, since it comes after a 15-year interval following her "Up!" album in 2002.
Shania has been considered by many to be the best-looking country star for the past twenty years, and hopefully these pictures uphold that standard. Here she is, out and about, showing how she earned that reputation.