Shania Twain Talks Miley Cyrus: “Youth Is Beautiful”

Shania Twain knows racy. Remember all the controversy over her crop tops and bustiers and leopard print bras and tight black leather unitards? Even Twain’s Up! album cover from 2002 had her in a see-through little white tank top.

Twain seems to have outgrown the need to dress that scantily — although even at age 48, she could rock all those looks — but she notices when other artists are doing racy things. Like Miley Cyrus.

Twain recently talked to The Globe and Mail , a national newspaper in Canada, and it sounds like she can almost sympathize with Cyrus for being under the media’s constant scrutiny.

“I don’t know her personally,” Twain said. “I don’t know why she’s doing what she’s doing. So I don’t really have an opinion on that. But you’ve got to do what works for you. Being in that critical eye is a challenge in itself. If Miley is assessing what she’s doing and saying ’this is who I am,’ then I say, do that. Hopefully, she’s enjoying it.”

As almost everyone who has seen Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video knows, she at least has a body worthy of being nearly naked. And Twain can see beyond that outer beauty to Cyrus’ inner beauty.

“I smile at young artists being young, finding themselves,” she said. “I think youth is beautiful. I think finding yourself is beautiful and very necessary.” 

But when the newspaper asked Twain if she was ever under pressure to “sex it up,” she sounds just as self-assured now as she looked 20 years ago.

“I was always comfortable with what I was doing,” she said. “Looking back, I never felt pressure to exploit myself. And I remain comfortable with it today. It would be horrific, looking back 20 years later, as I am now, and feeling embarrassed at what I did. I would never want to set myself up for that.”

I wonder how Cyrus will feel about “Wrecking Ball” and her 2013 VMA performance in 2033. Hopefully, just as confident as Twain is about some of her sexiest controversies.