Demi Lovato makes a bold move in posing for Vanity Fair without clothing, makeup or retouching. The pop music superstar whose new album is ‘Confidence’ opens up about why and how it’s so important to her to be “totally raw.”
The 22-year-old former Disney child star has taken yet another step towards shattering the old image. Yes, she’s letting us know that not only are the ‘Barney and Friends’ days over, but so too are the years of struggling for self-acceptance.
For Vanity Fair and photographer Patrick Ecclesine she has shed clothing, makeup and, also asked for no retouching. Make no mistake, this is brave. In the age of vicious social-media trolling, to bare all is to invite such trolling. And in so doing, she’s revealing she’s basing her self-worth, not on externals, but upon an inner resolve. It’s befitting of course, as her new album is titled “Confidence” and, of late she’s talked about being more comfortable and at peace with her body.
Truthfully we’re all works in progress, but it’s all about the perspective. What’s so earth-shattering, after all about the negative comments of strangers, compared to the grief of losing a loved one. Demi Lovato’s great-grandfather Buddy Moore had died the day before the photo shoot. And so, it was that she said, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past day, it’s that life is too short.”
She went on to say, “I’m about to launch an album that finally represents who I truly am. How do I embrace this new chapter in my life? How do I really walk the walk? What does it mean to be confident? It means letting go, being authentic, saying I don’t give a f–k and this is who I am. I want to show the side of me that’s real, that’s liberated, that’s free. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super-sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.”
And with that, off went the clothing, the makeup. In the behind-the-scenes video, instead of the usual stylists and makeup artists — no need for either, after all — she elaborates on the irreversible decision she made to leave these naked images of herself in digital infamy. She said, “I would have never thought that I would have ever gotten to a place in my life where I would have felt comfortable doing that.” Continuing, she added, “It’s empowering and it shows other women that you can get to a place where you can overcome the obstacles of body image issues. And you can feel comfortable and confident in yourself.”
Those words echo the aspirations that may seem so far out of reach. But as one who just five years ago was in rehab in part for an eating disorder, she shows she is well along on that inspiring journey of self-acceptance.
Demi Lovato’s interview is here along with the daring pictures. Watch the BTS video is below!
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