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 had several huge successes, 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.
Somewhat incredibly despite that success, Shania still is only the second-best-selling Canadian of all time, behind Celine Dion. She also is the 10-best-selling singer of the Soundscan era (which began roughly in 1993). In fact, Canada is full of female singers, including among others Avril Lavigne. 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. 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.
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.