With summer days seemingly behind us, so too are bikini posts. Which gives us all time to work into next year to be swimsuit ready, at least as far as social media is concerned. But Demi Lovato doesn’t have time for that nonsense — and took to Instagram to overcome her “biggest fear”: an unedited photo of her in a bikini. Gasp!
Looking all kinds of sultry, Demi glances over her shoulder in the shot that shows her back in all its glory — and she’s calling it “CELLULIT!!!!” Lovato admitted that all her other bikini pics were edited but she’s over being ashamed of her body and no longer wants to give in to other people’s definitions of beautiful. “This is what I got,” she wrote. “I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.”
Demi continued, revealing that instead of stressing herself out with a strenuous workout schedule before long work days, or depriving herself “from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles” (of all the things she wrote, that’s what really earns a gasp), she’s done. “Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too!” She also admitted that she’s “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.” The best part of all this body positivity is Demi seemingly announcing the start of National Cellulite Day, something that really should be celebrated every day, by all women.
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This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! 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. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day. It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit. Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem.. 🙏🏼🙌🏼🤷🏻♀️ also. 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. 💗 #nationalcelulliteday #celluLIT 🔥🔥🔥
Now, if the backdrop and Demi’s bikini look familiar, it’s from her vacation in Bora Bora earlier this year, which she shared photos of from the same setting — just in different, arguably “more flattering” angles. And while the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer couldn’t be less sorry, she did admit in her “CELLULIT!!!!” post that she hated that the pics were touched up.
And Demi isn’t the only celeb who has shown off her unedited body. If anything, the fact that they aren’t as “perfect” as they appear makes them that much more relatable.
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I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages. I’m enjoying a vacation with my son after a long season of shooting and being away from him for weeks at a time over those months. Since websites and magazines love to share ‘celeb flaws’ – well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago. I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go. Ladies, lets be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed. You guys (you know who you are!) already know how to ruin a good time, and now you are body shamers as well. #kissmyass 😛✌🏻
Lovato has been promoting body positivity for years, whether she’s showing off her stretch marks, pinching extra fat, and still loving herself despite not having a thigh gap. Basically, all the more reason to love her.
It was just two months ago that Lovato decided to take a break from social media, after engaging with a body-shaming troll. But if this is how her return to Instagram is going to go, with renewed vigor and being candid and spreading the message of body acceptance, then we couldn’t be happier.
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Lovato has always been brutally honest about her struggles with eating disorders, depression, and her drug and alcohol addictions. Demi’s first stint in rehab was in 2010, when she was just 18. After years of sobriety, she revealed in her 2018 song “Sober” that she had relapsed. A month later she was found unconscious at home after a reported overdose and was hospitalized.
But look how she’s bounced back. It’s those dark times that allow her to be her true self and help so many others with her honesty. Not only is she healthy on her own terms, Demi also revealed in the post that she’s working on new music so we’ve also got that to look forward to. Demi is giving us all kinds of love leading up to the weekend. We can barely contain ourselves.