Shania Twain defends new look, bold outfits at CMT Awards: ‘Life is too short to wear boring clothes’

Shania Twain is a true music superstar. With hit songs like “You’re Still the One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I feel Like a Woman,” Twain has been called the Queen of Country Pop and is the best-selling female artist in country music history.

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Twain made a big splash at this year’s CMT Awards this week, after the 57-year-old artist showed off a bold new look and some skin-baring outfits.

Her looks have divided fans, some of whom say she looks great for her age and others say she looks unrecognizable. But Twain has defended herself from her critics, saying that she’s just trying to have some fun.

Shania Twain was honored at the annual country music award ceremony, receiving the Equal Play Award given to artists who promote diverse and underrepresented voices in country music.

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes”

Arriving at the CMT Awards, Shania turned heads with her outfit: a Prabal Gurung gown with butterfly print, hip cutouts and a high slit, matching with her bright red dyed hair.

The country singer later changed into another revealing outfit to accept her award: a purple crop top and matching shorts with a cowboy hat and thigh boots.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Shania Twain attends the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT)

She looked great — but her daring looks were not without their detractors.

Some fashion critics said she should dress more appropriately for her age, and some fans on social media said she looked “unrecognizable,” taking too drastic a departure from her old style.


But now, Shania Twain is defending her looks, saying she’s just trying to have some fun and try new things.

“For me fashion is a powerful tool that helps to convey my personality and express my creativity and other than getting to hang out with my friends for the night, it’s one of my favourite things about attending award shows!” she wrote in an Instagram post.

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes.”

“I might change my hair color every week”

As for her brightly dyed hair, Twain said that at her age she’s starting to go gray. While some celebrities proudly embrace this mature look, Twain has taken it as an opportunity to get creative.

“Over the years, I have had many different styles,” she told E! News. “I’m playing more with color right now and I’m enjoying that because I’m going gray.”

“As I go gray, I’m like, ‘I might as well toy around with different colors.’ I might change my hair color every week. Why not? I’ll have an empty palette. I’m experimenting with that.”

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Equal Play award

Shania Twain didn’t just make a splash with her looks, but also her uplifting speech as she accepted the Equal Play Award.

She thanked the CMT for supporting her and advocated for “all-inclusive country music,” reflecting that her anthem “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” has been embraced by many different communities and has become “such a genuine path of power, which brings me so much joy.”

“This is a genre of music with a rich history that raised and nurtured my own songwriting and performance and recording career from childhood. Currently, the industry standard does a real disservice to this,” she said.

“My hope is this opportunity and spotlight impresses you much and lights up the careers of these very talented people on their journey,” she concluded. “I will continue to do my best as a trailblazer. Together, let’s ensure all our fellow artists get equal play regardless of gender, age or race.”

Shania Twain once sang that “the best thing about bein’ a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun,” and it’s clear that she’s still living up to those lyrics, having fun and trying new things at 57.

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