Shania Twain says she posed naked to heal her sexual abuse trauma

Shania Twain said doing a nude photoshoot has helped her feel empowered (handout)
Shania Twain said doing a nude photoshoot has helped her feel empowered (handout)

Shania Twain has admitted that stripping off for the the cameras helped heal her sexual abuse trauma.

The singer suffered from growing up in an abusive household and said being photographed nude for the artwork of her album Queen Of Me, has been an “empowering” experience.

She said: “I did a whole shoot as part of the album artwork where I’m completely nude. And it was really scary.

“I don’t really love my body. I don’t love looking at myself in the mirror with the lights on or looking in the mirror at all at my body.”

She blamed the events in her childhood for her self-esteem issues, telling The Sunday Times: “My stepfather would fondle me up on the top and make me go without a shirt, and I was already maturing.

"It was terrible. You didn’t want to be a girl in my house.”

The You’re Still The One singer, who said the experiences had made her want to “escape being in my own skin” explained that posing nude was the liberation she needed.

“I’m so glad I did it. I was petrified, but once I flicked that switch and dove into it, I’m like, ‘I’m all in.’ I committed 100 percent," she said.

Twain, at the 2022 People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, said, ‘I don’t really love my body’ (Getty Images)
Twain, at the 2022 People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, said, ‘I don’t really love my body’ (Getty Images)

“I wasn’t thinking about what anybody thought. I didn’t think about who was in the room. This is about me. This is my moment to really embrace myself in vulnerable moments.

“It had to be vulnerable, where I felt that I was facing a fear of being judged, or being maybe even laughed at, at being embarrassed. But it was only empowering. It was really fabulous.”

The 57-year-old has previously spoken about the abuse that she and her family members suffered at the hands of her stepfather, Jerry Twain.

He died when the star was 22 after being killed in a car accident with her mother in 1987.