Grammy-winning recording artist Shania Twain is enjoying unparalleled success: One week after its release her You're Still the One single was both the Number One country single and the Number Two pop single -- and she's one of only six women to sell more than 10 million of a single album. But her true beauty is revealed in her confidence as a woman. "A lot of
people downplay their looks to be taken seriously," she has said. "But I refuse to do that. I'm not going to downplay that I have a brain in my head and I'm not going to downplay that I'm a woman. I want to be
respected for both."
Shania -- a name she uses to honor her half Ojibway Indian heritage and means "I'm on my way" -- is well on her way.
I don't see anything in particular in the mirror. Pretty plain. Pretty simple. I have good teeth. Strong teeth. I floss twice a day. My eyes are too small. Have good cheekbones. My legs are stumpy. A dented nose.
A typical look
With clothes, comfort is a must for me. I practically live in loose blue jeans and comfy flat shoes. My makeup routine is simple too -- foundation, brown eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and bronzing blusher. When I'm on stage, I like light, sporty makeup. I'm more glamorous for TV appearances.
I don't really have a lot of time to exercise. I'm more of a preventative person. Watch what you eat. Stay away from being a couch potato. When you've got time off, go for a walk. I can't sit around a watch TV, so I keep active and try to stay healthy.Long walks, horseback riding and doing chores around the stable keep me fit.
I start every day with a fruit-and-tofu shake. I always have soybeans, black beans or chickpeas for lunch or dinner -- and I love pasta. And everything's very, very fresh. There are a lot of fresh juices, fresh vegetables.
View on life
I don't take myself very seriously. I almost get criticized for it. People think I'm having too much of a good time. But the reality of it is, that's what life's about.
Meeting her husband and professional partner
Looking at him the day I fell in love, and looking at him the day before? Two different things. It was like a dream. And from the day we met, we were writing songs in the studio. He deserves all the credit I can give him. But at the same time, I don't discredit myself.
I don't have time to enjoy my success. I'm always thinking about my future. I feel as if I've already lived three lifetimes.
I remind myself that if I don't get everything possible out of my career, I'll look back with regret. So I'm going to keep on doing what I do until people don't want me to do it anymore.
Beauty Handbook (distributed in various drug stores such as Walgreen's and Eckerd)