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After a 15-year career hiatus, Shania Twain is promoting new music and doing rounds of interviews. The 51-year-old country-music superstar has her eyes on the future but seems happy to talk about her past as the queen of country and crossover music back when Taylor Swift was still a tween. For example, in a recent interview, the questions turned to Twain's reference to Brad Pitt in her hit 1997 single "That Don't Impress Me Much." Pitt worked well as an example of the ideal man for the song's lyrics, but Twain said there was more to the reference, noting:
You want to know the truth about this story? I've never told this before. I'm going to say it now, I remember I had a girlfriend visiting me, and it was near Christmas, and we were baking cookies. I was writing this album, and there was a scandal of [Pitt] and Gwyneth [Paltrow] where there were naked photos of him [in Playgirl magazine, which Pitt later successfully sued for publishing the paparazzi photos]. And this was like all the rage. I just thought 'I don't know what all the fuss is about.' I'm like, 'Well that don't impress me much. I mean what is all the fuss?'
Okay, so you're Brad Pitt, and you have a body. That don't impress Shania Twain much. Pitt was a great celebrity to reference to describe a man who looks good and knows it. He is still super handsome, but back then he was an 11 out of 10 on the sexy meter. (If you need a refresher, check Interview with the Vampire and Fight Club and come on back.) The reference fit. But that was not entirely why Twain picked him.
The Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow pictures were a big scandal. Pitt sued Playgirl magazine for inflicting distress and invasion of privacy. The War Machine actor claimed a paparazzo trespassed at a hotel in St. Barts and secretly took nude pictures of him and Paltrow, and Pitt ended up winning the case. It was an enormous scandal---even bigger than the recent court case Prince William won when photographers snapped topless photos of Princess Catherine.
We see people naked every day. That's really what I thought. I wasn't picking on Brad Pitt. But that was just the association at that moment and things we make fusses about and whatever. Of course, it could have been any gorgeous guy.
In other words, societal views might be shifting as people become comfortable with the fact that all human beings have a body. (What a novel concept.) So, Shania Twain had the right idea, and that is pretty impressive.