How Demi Lovato Learned To Love Her Body

Photo: Tony Kelly/Complex
Demi Lovato, like many of us, doesn't always look in the mirror and love what she sees. However, that mindset is becoming less and less an occurrence as of late.

In Complex magazine's latest cover story, Lovato says that seeing Kim Kardashian and her sisters made her finally feel confident with her curves.

"When [the Kardashians] came into the spotlight, they kind of revolutionized what beauty was when it came to body shapes," she said. "For so long, it was the heroin-chic ’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.'"

The 23-year-old, who has spoken at length about her issues with anorexia and bulimia, said that from there she started noticing that "Beyoncé was thicker, and Nicki Minaj is thicker" and that thicker wasn't a bad word.

"When I say thick — like when I call my thighs thick — I love it. I think it’s a good thing," Lovato explained. "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."

Photo: Tony Kelly/Complex
Advertisement

Since last year, Lovato has made it a tradition to post #NoMakeup selfies on Instagram, after discovering that an unflattering photo can mean something so much more to her fans.

"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," she said. "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.'"

Of course, it's all a process and with Complex she talked openly about nearly 86ing a still from her "Cool For The Summer" video because she thought her leg looked fat. In the end, her longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama convinced her she looked hot and she posted it.

“Lately, I’ve been coming to terms with my imperfections and not obsessing so much about trying to make myself perfect,” she said. “It’s a growing process.” We can't help but feel like the cherry on the top of Lovato's body-positive sundae is that she felt confident enough to pose topless for Complex.
Advertisement

More from Music

You might know Emily Blunt as the actress who is starring in The Girl on the Train and the live-action Mary Poppins movie. But at one point, people had a...
Yesterday, Demi Lovato took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City with one particular message in mind. Before her performance, she ...
surprise number 1 @mileycyrus @billyidol #iheartfestival A video posted by Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) on Sep 23, 2016 at 8:24pm PDT Miley Cyrus...
Alice Tan Ridley's powerful voice is finally getting some time in the spotlight. After years of singing in New York City subway stations to support her ...
Is anything better than plugging in your headphones, firing up your music app of choice, and jamming out to that brand-new song you're obsessed with? Don...
The Ronettes had it all wrong. The best part of breaking up is not the making up. That rarely happens, and when it does, it often leads to more breaking up...
Have you ever thought of a celebrity — whether it's your celebrity crush, celebrity best friend, or celebrity foe — and imagined what it would be like to ...
It might be hard to believe that 2000s nostalgia is a thing. As in, people are yearning for some brightly colored, faux-leather flared pants. People miss ...
Solange is taking a page from her sister's book. The singer, designer, and younger sister of Beyoncé is teasing mysterious brand-new content on her ...
Adele is here for you, Brangelina. The singer dedicated "two hours of misery" (her words, not ours) to the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at her...
You probably have at least one friend who always knows the newest and most amazing music. Said friend likely has headphone hair and takes more pride in her...
Don’t lie. You’ve definitely spent a night in dancing to “Call Me Maybe” while cleaning your room. Or, at least, to Taylor Swift. Nothing has as much power...
Kanye West says some crazy stuff online, in his songs, and in interviews. At this point, it's a huge part of his ever-evolving image. West knows that the...
Halloween traditions may come and go, but a hauntingly epic playlist lasts forever. Whether you’re going as your favorite Game of Thrones character, ...