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Senior Year, 1999: Country's Year of the Woman

by Linda Ryan

Senior Year, 1999: Country's Year of the Woman

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The year 1999 was a stellar one for country music -- and for the women of the genre in particular. Not only did Faith Hill find phenomenal, multigenre crossover success with "Breathe," she also was seen on the small screen in millions of households as the new Cover Girl spokesperson. Meanwhile, the as-yet drama-free Dixie Chicks were still culling singles from their debut album when they released the follow-up, Fly, which garnered them even more hits. But that's nothing compared to Shania Twain, whose 1997 album, Come on Over, was still mining hit singles two years later, including its title track.

If you were a senior in high school in 1999 (and were also a girl), you probably wanted to be like Faith Hill, but soon realized her leggy physique and natural beauty was an "either you have it, or you don't" proposition. Not surprisingly, you opted for a midriff-revealing little number and/or a leopard-print ensemble like Shania Twain rocked in the "That Don't Impress Me Much" video instead. Back then, you actually might've had the abs to pull it off, too!