US singer Demi Lovato, 27, has taken to Instagram to share an unedited photo of herself sporting a racy leopard print bikini that reveals her cellulite with her near-74 million followers.
The former Disney starlet posted the “raw and real” pic on Friday alongside an empowering message of body positivity that has prompted reactions from her fans and fellow celebrities alike.
Demi’s ‘biggest fear’
While Demi’s smouldering over-the-shoulder pose that showcased her curves and derrière may have appeared to ooze body confidence, the accompanying caption revealed otherwise.
“This is my biggest fear,” the “Sorry Not Sorry” hit-maker admitted alongside the the swimsuit selfie which was taken while she was holidaying on the tiny South Pacific island of Bora Bora earlier this year.
“A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! [sic]” she added, making a pun on the words ‘cellulite’ and ‘lit’.
Demi’s no-editing pledge
The singer-songwriter went on to admit to digitally manipulating her photos in the past, but claimed that she’d finally reached a point where she didn’t feel the need to.
“I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me,” she explained.
Demi shared those “other” bikini pics back in May this year and show the star wearing the same bikini set - specifically the Jungle Colour Block bandeau, about $110, and the Jungle High Waist bottoms, about $105 - by US swimwear brand PILYQ.
‘Raw and real’
"Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me," Demi continued, adding, "And you should love you too!
“Just so everyone’s clear.. I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too,” she concluded.
Fans were quick to comment on the post, thanking the star for her candid and inspiring message.
“YESSSSS Such a Queen!! Beautiful and strong and stunning and empowering — thank you,” one fan wrote.
“That’s an amazing message to give and damn you’re beautiful the way you are,” yet another fan commented.
“Thank you posting that is so authentically you,” another wrote. “Keep fighting the good fight.”
Lovato later took to her Instagram Stories to reveal that she’s “blown away by the love and support” and share screenshots of praise from fellow celebs Amy Schumer, Ashley Graham and Sam Smith.
“I love you Demi,” wrote Ashley, while Amy said, “Demi is the truth”.
Sam simply called her “an icon”.
Demi’s body image battles
The singer has previously opened up about her struggle with eating disorders, revealing that her mother also suffered from bulimia.
In a 2016 interview with American Way magazine, she revealed: “Even though I was two or three-years-old, being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder... it's hard not to grow up like that.”
After starting to binge eat aged just nine, the singer went on to speak candidly about her worries over her future children also struggling from the condition.
“I'm nowhere near having children but already I ask myself questions,” she explained. “My grandma had bulimia, my mum had it, I had it, and hopefully my kids won't have it, but it's kind of like addiction. It's hereditary.”
Additional reporting by Marie Claire Dorking.
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