Demi Lovato has always been very open about struggling with a spectrum of issues, including battles with eating disorders and body image.
In a raw and honest interview with Complex magazine, she says that she’s now in a healthy place and is the happiest that she’s ever been. There’s no denying that she looks incredibly confident in her colourful cover shoot, shot by photographer Tony Kelly.
But, she admits that she sometimes struggles with everyday insecurities, just like anyone else.
She says, ‘it’s a growing process’ but reassures that ‘lately, I’ve been coming to terms with my imperfections and not obsessing so much about trying to make myself perfect.’
She recalls: ‘I went to this pool party, and somebody got a picture of me in bad lighting. It was just cellulite city. I saw it, and I cringed at first. Then I read the caption underneath, and it was like, “I’m so proud of this girl. She’s real. Even though she may have cellulite, she’s not letting it stop her from rocking this bathing suit. She looks awesome. She’s worked hard.” I saw that, and I replied to it. I was like, “At first I cringed when I saw this, but this makes me so happy to see.”’
Now, if that’s not a positive and inspiring story for women everywhere, we don’t really know what is.
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One of the things we love about Demi is that she’s not shy of celebrating her body and sharing her curvy figure on Instagram. And, it turns out, there’s a very special reason behind it.
Revealing her ultimate inspiration, she says: ‘I’ve always said the Kardashians. When they came into the spotlight, they kind of revolutionised what beauty was when it came to body shapes.
‘For so long, it was the… ’90s supermodel thing, and I feel like, when the Kardashians came into the picture, people started to look at it because it was different. They were like, “You know what? That’s actually really beautiful.”’
She also admitted that seeing other women owning their natural curves has influenced her to embrace and love her own body, just the way it is. Naming the likes of Beyonce and Nicki Minaj, who she describes as being ‘thicker’, she said: ‘When I say thick—like when I call my thighs thick—I love it. I think it’s a good thing.
‘Watching them really helped me learn to accept my body image, too. I’m not naturally super thin. I have an athletic body. I just have to embrace that. There are days when it’s hard to, but more and more, there are days where I’m actually proud of my body.’
Busy promoting her brand new album Confident – which is very aptly titled – the 23-year-old singer has taken on a sexier image, which she describes as being really ‘liberating’.
We’re taking notes, DL.
By Laura Jane Turner