Demi Lovato continues to act as an inspiring trailblazer in the body positive movement. Last week, the “Tell Me You Love Me” singer posted a series of photos and videos on her Instagram story, pointing out her “flaws” — stretch marks, cellulite and lack of thigh gap — with the repeated message: “yet I still love myself.” In an exclusive interview with E! News, Lovato detailed why she chose to broadcast her imperfections, and where her mindset is now regarding her body’s appearance and health.
“I started comparing myself to these Instagram models,” Lovato told E! “I just thought to myself ‘someone needs to show my fans, and anybody that’s looking at my account, that what you see isn’t always what’s real.’ And so I decided to embrace my flaws — and I don’t even like to call them flaws, it’s just a part of who I am — and show the world that I’m imperfect, but that’s what makes me beautiful.”
Lovato has been public about her longtime struggles with eating disorders and self-harm. The former Disney star told E! that she no longer diets. Instead, she enlists the assistance of personal trainers and a meal-planning nutritionist while she’s touring on the road to keep herself healthy without being overly restrictive. As a self-proclaimed “sweets girl,” she sees no harm in indulging with a brownie, cookie or SusieCake from time to time.
For those who aren’t feeling as confident, Lovato shared some words of wisdom.
“What I would say to somebody that’s struggling right now is try to find the gratitude,” Lovato said. “It’s so important that you try to find gratitude in your life, and focus on the positive things. And when you’re able to do that or you’re able to help others, you’re able to get outside of yourself and you’re able to look at your life from a different perspective. Sometimes it’s really challenging, and it’s really difficult, but it’s something that helps me every day, and so far it’s worked.”