Shania Twain: Brad Pitt’s naked photos in the ’90s didn’t impress me much

Shania Twain performing on NBC's 'Today'

Back in the day, music videos were a really, really big deal. I think they’re still sort of a big deal, but only if you get like a billion views on YouTube. But back in the day, you actually had to watch MTV and VH1 to see your favorite videos. And when Shania Twain’s video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much” came out in 1997, it was a huge deal. Shania was a country-music princess, all frills and no va-va-voom, and then she came out in leopard print and showed off her abs in a video for a song which was basically twangy pop. The song was a huge crossover hit and the video is still sort of iconic:

Perhaps it was a vital message to women that they should know their own worth and not fall for arrogant pretty boys. Perhaps Shania really didn’t find Brad Pitt and rocket scientists all that impressive. It was a mystery, really. Anyway, the song includes the line, “Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt? That don’t impress me much.” Shania was chatting at a Spotify event this week and she was asked how the line came about. Her answer is, like, PEAK ‘90s.

For the first time since releasing the confidently twangy “That Don’t Impress Me Much” two decades ago, Shania Twain has finally come clean about incorporating actor Brad Pitt’s name in the lyrics. The No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1997’s Come On Over, still the second best-selling album of the Nielsen era (1991-present), sarcastically pokes fun at a narcissistic suitor’s penchant for caring too much about his looks in the second verse before Twain memorably sings, “OK, so you’re Brad Pitt? That don’t impress me much.”

But what left Twain, who was 32 when the album came out, so unimpressed with Pitt, who was 33? Apparently, his nudes. When Billboard mentioned Pitt’s career longevity during a recent interview with Twain at Spotify HQ in New York City this month, she revealed the true inspiration for the Pitt lyric.

“You want to know the truth about this story? I’ve never told this before. I’m going to say it now,” said Twain, 51, building suspense. “I remember I had a girl friend 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 was 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. 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 in that moment and things we make fusses about and whatever. Of course, it could have been any gorgeous guy.”

[From Billboard]

In case you don’t get the reference, a paparazzo climbed a wall and took photos of Brad with his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow in his backyard (or hers, I forget). They were wandering around the backyard in various stages of undress, and yes, there were blurry photos of Brad’s d-ck and yes, they were published in Playgirl. The photos still exist on the internet somewhere, I’m sure. You know what’s really funny about Shania’s story? The fact that many women had the same reaction to those photos. Brad was one of the biggest heartthrobs at the time, and of course ladies wanted to see IT. And when we finally got photos of IT, most of us were like “oh, so it’s nothing special.” Shania was basically like, “Oh, naked Brad Pitt is kind of meh.”

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  1. milla says:

    Good times. Even stupid popish songs were decent…

  2. Erinn says:

    Oh my god!

    I literally had That Don’t Impress Me Much stuck in my head all day yesterday. And I kept running through the “Okay so you’re Brad Pitt” part. And I don’t think I’d even heard the song recently.

    Such random timing.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Could be you’re ‘sensitive’ and don’t know it Erinn. By that I mean low grade e.s.p. Lots of people have it but don’t pay attention to it as it’s usually something seemingly simple and or random.

    • Betsy says:

      Some call it the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

    • Toxic shock avenger says:

      someone did it on lip sync battle recently – Ashley Graham, I think. Weird how songs work their way back into the collective subconscious. ;) .

  3. Beth says:

    I think Brad Pitt is attractive, but I never understood why so many women drooled about him or thought him and Angie were the most gorgeous, sexiest couple in history. He’s nothing special

    • cara says:

      When Brad was with JA, I never thought he was that attractive, but when you put Brad with Angie, that made him so much more attractive.

      Odd, because most times having a good-looking guy makes a woman seem more attractive, that didn’t happen in JA’s case, it just emphasized the fact she was just average at best. JA looks best with this latest guy, neither are anything special, plus it’s obvious both rely on artificial means to look averagely attractive.

      • SoyMilk says:

        Your ability to find a way to put down JA is amazing!

      • Felicia says:

        I’m kind curious as to what you make of the fact that both Pitt and Jolie look much better now than they did a year, two years ago then.

  4. Talie says:

    I love 90s gossip throwbacks…so much better than now! Haha

    • Mermaid says:

      Right??? I miss the 90s. We were so innocent then. Seinfeld. Princess Di. JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette.

  5. iseepinkelefants says:

    My friend lovingly calls him hamster dick thanks to those photos. And yes you can still google them.

  6. Cat says:

    I had no idea that Pitt was in Playgirl. Wow, sorry I missed that.

  7. JenB says:

    Wow, this post takes me back to when “Any Man of Mine” came on to the scene. I wanted to be Shania in that video so badly, her figure was (and is) fantastic.

  8. La says:

    Omg my friends and I were obsessed with this song! We were in high school and changed the names to the hot but unimpressive pretty boys at our school that fit the description. Haha good times. Love that story, forgot how much I loved her in the 90s!

  9. JeanGrey says:

    She said she wasn’t impressed about him being naked because that’s not a big deal to her. She even says it in the interview. She was talking about all the hoopla society makes about individuals being naked and how it’s not a big deal to her. It had nothing to do with her thinking heis body/member wasn’t necessarily impressive or whatever.
    I’m one of those women. I love men but seeing one naked even one I find very, very physically attractive doesn’t really take me “There”. I get more turned on by how he acts and how he treats me and touches me. Unlike most men (and some women) who happen to be very visual creatures and physically get turned on just by looking at an attractive person of their orientation.

    • QueenB says:

      Both men and women are visual. I dont know about you but maybe you never were with a really attractive guy.

      • JeanGrey says:

        I meant to the fact that I can’t actually get “lady wood” off of just looking at a guy naked in a picture, even a really hot guy. I can find a guy attractive and get all giddy over it but guys can literally get a hard-on just looking at a woman without even being touched. Guess I’m not explaining it right.

    • Kitten says:

      I can EASILY be attracted to a guy based on just looks, but what will keep me coming back has to be more than that.

      Honestly, I don’t think men and women are too different in that regard.

      • Beth says:

        Me too. I’m attracted to good looking guys very easily. All the guys I’ve dated have been good looking, but some end up being a waste of time because they have nothing else besides their looks. I need a nice guy with a good personality to keep me interested.

        I definitely think men and women are no different in that regard

      • JeanGrey says:

        To me attraction and actually getting turned out to the point where I feel the need to have sex by just looking at a picture are different things. I can see beauty in a lot of things and people. Doesn’t mean that my body is gonna just flip a swicth just by looking at a picture of a naked body. There has to be more. Don’t know if I’m explaining it correctly. I can see a picture of a naked body, appreaciate and not turn into a puddle of moisture is all I’m saying. Lol

    • detritus says:

      Maybe you are very not a super visual person?
      Theres a definite visual part for me. Those lines, you know, those lovely ab lines? Thats one of those visceral ones for me.

    • BJ says:

      I am turned on by a nude males.I am also turned on by gay male p0rn.Unlike my friends I am not turned on by erotic books.

      So different strokes (no pun intended) for different folks

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      @JeanGrey: you are explaining that perfectly well

    • perplexed says:

      I get what you’re saying.

      Objectively, I can tell when a man is handsome. But if a man is stupid or has nothing interesting to say I think the attraction to the person can diminish considerably. Not sure if a man cares as much if a woman is stupid or behaves in an odd way (they might get impatient with a stupid woman, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a deal breaker. Very rarely do I think women can get hot and bothered over a stupid man, though). I also think women vary in what they’re attracted to — not sure if that’s because the magazines don’t really tell them what they should be attracted to the way they do with men. I’m not sure how much of what men are attracted to physically is what is conditioned by the media. A magazine isn’t likely to tell women that Seth Rogen is lesser because he doesn’t look like Brad Pitt.

  10. QueenB says:

    I had no idea and googling also didnt impress me much. Its a good body but the dick is lacking. At least he looks circumcised.

  11. V4Real says:

    I said pretty much the same thing about those pics and some people on here who at that time loved Pitt wasn’t too happy. They said I was picking on Pitt. Now they wouldn’t give a damn with the recent change of events.

    But Shania is still trying to clean it up a bit. She’s trying to say she said seeing naked pics of Brad didn’t impress her, she sees naked people all the time. What she is probably really saying is little Pitt didn’t impress her much.

  12. Luca76 says:

    Maybe he’s a grower not a shower 😹

    • David says:

      That is really stupid thing to write. He was assaulted like all the recent celeb woman are now. With all the leaked pictures . Double standard.

      • ArchieGoodwin says:

        I have to agree with your sentiment, David, if not your choice of words. This is no different than J-Laws pictures being leaked.

      • lara says:

        Is it really the same though? Men aren’t slut shamed like women are

      • LAK says:

        He was in his own private, WALLED garden. The photographer climbed into the garden to take the photos. A more invasive invasion of privacy than hacking considering the lengths the photographer went to to enter the private home of a person to take the naked pictures of them to sell to the world.

      • pwal says:

        @LAK… I’m glad you stated how he was shot in the altogether. Very shady circumstances, even worse than that the rash of upskirt pap pics (usually taken when actresses were getting out of cars/limos) circa 2007.

    • cara says:

      I first heard that expression on Showtime’s version of “Shameless”, I had to ask my husband what it meant.

  13. Lexilla says:

    I’m sure Brad just loooooves that she’s brought this up again and sent us all to google.

  14. Nancy says:

    I remember reading about her. Brad Pitt was the least of her worries. She about had a nervous breakdown and couldn’t sing for years when her husband/manager was having an affair with her best friend. I don’t remember….I have to look it up…but can you imagine the guy who literally was your husband and man who controlled your career and your bff beyond your back. OMG. Poor Shania

    • JenB says:

      Yep, I remember that story about her husband as well. And thinking “Shania Twain isn’t enough for you??” She suffered through a tough childhood too. Shania has had more than her fair share of tragedy.

    • Embee says:

      I feel so badly for that horrible betrayal. Shania came from really humble beginnings, IIRC, and Mutt (her husband/producer) delivered her out of that lifestyle into superstardom and then betrayed her in the worst way possible. I can only imagine how shaken her foundation must have been.

      I adore Shania, who seems like a really likable person. She’s also absolutely gorgeous and has a body to DIE for. Loved her sassy lyrics and attitude back in the day!

      Remember “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face”???

    • BJ says:

      And then she married the best friend’s ex husband.Just as weird IMO.

      • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

        IIrc Shania’s ex-husband cheated on her with his best friend’s wife, and after the divorce Shania and his ex-best friend progressed from friendship to a romantic relationship. So one husband and one wife cheated their respective spouses. And all four were close friends.

      • Embee says:

        Did she really? I remember hearing they got together but I cannot believe she married him!!!! Eeew like a gross permanent swingers.

      • Andrea says:

        She explains it in her autobiography—she basically established a close friendship with her best friend’s husband and they commiserated in their joint grief a year after the affair was revealed. Then slowly but surely she fell for him. I don’t think this is uncommon. You hear about people getting with their husband’s best friend after the husband dies etc. Shared grief is HUGE.

  15. Evyn says:

    Why do female celebs always find it necessary to talk about someone’s penis size?

    I think it is so tacky to even talk about that in the first place, let alone make negative comments about it in the press. I have never heard of any male celeb ever saying such things about another female celeb. If a man ever made a comment about a woman’s size, smell, or appearance down there, it would be holy heck to pay.
    Seriously, at least pretend like you have some class.

    • roses says:

      She was asked the question about the reference to him in the song and she in turn answered. The song was pretty popular during that time. I don’t think she was trying to be negative.

      • Evyn says:

        Did you read her response?

        She could have just said the last sentence and that would have been enough of an answer.

    • Enough Already says:

      I agree with your points but saying “always” is just not true. It happens rarely.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think she talked about the size of anything.

      She was just saying that a naked body in and of itself of any good-looking guy didn’t impress her. I mean, I guess she could have implying something else by being dismissive, but I also don’t think there’s enough proof in her answer to say she was talking about the size of something.

    • Kara says:

      Evyn, you must be sheltered. Men talk about boob size. ‘Tits and ass’. Us women talk about penis size. So it’s the same thing.

  16. Maria says:

    I remember those photos and funny I can’t even remember Brad’s wang, but I do remember that Gwynnwth sported a full bush, lol. Ah the good ol 90s.

    • Chaine says:

      lol I saw them back then, too, and I don’t remember his member, either. I guess what she says is true, it was not impressive…

      • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

        I remember seeing one photo of him naked by the pool, with his hands in the air and the long part of his manhood stuck between his legs. I can’t believe I still remember that.

  17. truth says:

    Bwahaaaaah. ROTFL. That didn’t impress me either. I don’t know any woman who has been head over heels in love with him except Aniston who I feel was just in it for the fame. Angelina, I feel got caught up with is charm, brand and couldn’t get out. Children makes a difference in many aspects. I think he is a good, gentle man but his alcohol abuse pushed her over the edge.He may have a strong head game cause Angie does like the women and he is feminine to me. Plus she never acted sexually charged to him like she did the rest of her lovers. Only in the movie.

  18. Monsy says:

    “Oh, naked Brad Pitt is kind of meh.” hahahaha
    i like that song and she looks great on the video.
    I haven’t heard much heard much about her after her divorce.
    I’m glad she’s doing well.

  19. perplexed says:

    That picture of his hair reminds me of why I didn’t get the big whoop about him when he was younger. Man, he really looked dumb. Like, literally dumb.

    Was that hairstyle in style back then? I mean, he had to have been at least in his early 30s when he had that hair. Such a strange hairstyle for a grown man.

  20. Sage says:

    I can’t trust Shania’s taste in men. Brad Pitt was gorgeous in the 90s. That was his peak.

    Shania married a dude named Mutt and looks wise he don’t impress me much.

    • I am bored says:

      He was overrated in the 90s just like he’s overrated now. I never got the Brad Pitt thing with his giant lopsided nose and average face. Different strokes.

      Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t that impressed either as she cheated on him. Jennifer Aniston wasn’t impressed enough to gift him with kids. Juliette Lewis was just a child so she might have found him impressive. Angelina was tricked into believing he was a normal decent man and now knows better. She fled and hasn’t looked back. Unimpressive manhood, unimpressive father Unimpressive husband. His pr team spends the days searching for news about him so I’m sure they are not too happy with shania right now.

      • Sage says:

        Nah, the man was fine and you know it😛

        Juliette was young and she only has kind words about their relationship, Goop realizes now she messed up. She may have remarried but I don’t believe Aniston is over him at all. Jolie’s wound is fresh give her time to heal…and she’ll come around too😙

      • I am bored says:

        Juliette was 15/16 years old. Gross. She’s not the only child he dated either. Sad.

        Nope I’ve always thought the was overrated. While people like you love to pretend as if he’s perfect male specimen he’s actually average at best with what I said– that giant lopsided nose and terrible skin. He just has an extremely good Pr team.

        Unfortunately for Brad Pitt fans he’s the Jennifer Aniston in the Brangelina breakup. Angelina seems completely over him and even her kids seem happier now. Bigly sad. Probably because they don’t have to be around drunk angry daddy dearest anymore.

      • truth says:

        Sage he has a nice body and average face. The media has brainwashed people for years on who we should think is fine,handsome or beautiful. He is an average man who is totally overrated as an actor and his looks. Angie ain’t feeling Pitt and hasn’t for a long time and I believe it is because he has a nastiness about him that no one sees a lot. Jen A would be a complete idiot to still have the hots for a man that has embarrassed her. GP says things for PR, she wanted Affleck over Pitt because she thought he was smarter and better.
        I think Pitt has a complex. For years people called him dumb this is the reason he speak the way he does now. Like he really is over intelligent. It is actually amusing.
        He knows his imperfection and he doesn’t like them. He seems complicated to live with. And I can only imagine. Angelina told him to kick rocks and left and she knew she would get slaughtered, but it didn’t matter.

      • I am bored says:

        Truth, I picture him with a thesaurus when he gives interviews. Completely agree with everything else you said , too.

      • Keaton says:

        I always found him overrated too @I am bored. Pretty eyes, nice body but average face, weak talent, terrible mushmouthitis that made him sound dumb, etc. He’s turned out to be a very good producer so I’ll give him that. But as an actor and a sex symbol he is wildly overrated and always has been IMO.

        He really is the Eddie Fisher (mediocre teen idol that was hot stuff in his day) to Angie’s Liz Taylor (iconic film star and sex symbol) and Jennifer Aniston’s Debbie Reynolds (America’s sweetheart with a surprising amount of staying power).

  21. SM says:

    Well we all look sort of the same naked. Unless anyone had expected his balls to be diamond not sure why make fuss of anyone naked in general

  22. Susie says:

    Not to start a war here or anything (and maybe it’s been said) but if this was a woman who’d had her naked pics published in a major publication, we would be seriously hating on the photog and the publication, not the size of her breasts. Or her weight, or the myriad of things women get bullied for physically. I’m not sure we should have it both ways. That was probably a really bad time in his life and here we are picking on his dick.

    • April says:

      Agree. I don’t care for Brad but I agree with you. It’s tacky and mean to call out a personal body part and ridicule it.

      • SM says:

        You are so right! If it was a mam who said that a naked acctress did not impress him let alone advanced his carrer by singing about her non impressive breasts there woild be a hell to pay. Demanding respect calls for respect

    • truth hurts says:

      a seriously person would not say this.
      Women are body shamed all the time with clothes on. At worst Angie is a big victim because at some points she gets a little thin and then she is anorexic. Pitt gets a pass from you and his fans. I think it is funny because of his ego.

  23. Kara says:

    He is average size. He isn’t small, he isn’t large. Not sure why people act like he is tiny. I sometimes wonder if people who think it’s small have only been with one man. Most men are his size. Quite a lot are smaller. If it is too large, it really doesn’t ‘grow’ much, anyway. When it is average or small, it ‘grows’ a LOT. A LOT. Which is better really. If it is too large soft it often will not be ‘firm’ as much when it ‘grows’ as an average one is. Most of the very large ones when they grow are not as firm. Or only half as firm. So it is far better being average (or even a bit less than).

    • truth hurts says:

      Average. He was partially e…and was smaller than average. I don’t know what you have been dea long with.

      • Ennie says:

        you haven’t “dealt” with growers?

      • truth hurts says:

        Ernie, yes growers are not the same a someone with a small penis. I mean I don’t get why his fans and some men are making a big deal. It is what it is. That is something that you cannot change or maybe there are things. However everyone on planet earth doesn’t think he is handsome or special. That doesn’t mean you are a hater or an Angie fan. I didn’t think he was all that before he met her. I mean he just isn’t my type simple as that. And the small pkg doesn’t make it any more appealing. His arrogance is another. People should realize that and quit arguing about it.

      • Kara says:

        Lol go back again and look. He was not. All I said is that he is average. No more, no less. Which is the truth.

  24. Meghan says:

    Brad is a very attractive man! Still is. I hope Shania’s new single does well. Good to see her that she is in a good place.

  25. Sandy says:

    I think a lot of people are misinterpreting her comments. She wasn’t dissing Brad, she was commenting on what is the big deal about seeing people naked. She is far too nice to say anything negative about other people unless it is her ex.

  26. truths says:

    wow,a bunch of crazy jolie fans come really hating brad now.they are already divorced for a year. I think they both move on,fans should move on,too

  27. Fuerta says:

    If he has an average face, then you all must live on Beautiful Island to pass judgement.

  28. rere says:

    She also found BBT irresistible. Are you kidding me? I don’t think she is long term physically attracted to men. I think she gets emotionally involved with them. She likes the challenge then gets bored. Pitt had her pinned with that huge family and she knowing she a divorce from him would shut media gold.
    Either way his manhood is small but what Eva floats your boat. Not for me I don’t care how handsome some people think he is. I’m with Shania he as a while doesn’t impress me.