Demi Lovato is feeling more confident than ever, and she’s not the least bit sorry about it. The American singer was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week when the topic of all her recent swimsuit Instagram posts came up. For those not following @ddlovato, the 25-year old star has been posting a steady stream of selfies a la bikini for the last few weeks.
Now that’s a pose! As Ellen put is, “there’s confidence there that I have not seen in a while.” Far from a social media growth strategy (though her follower count MUST be jumping rn), Demi’s motivations for the swimwear self portraits is more pure; it’s about confidence and self love.
“I’ve been working on myself for the past year, more so than I’ve ever worked on myself. I’ve really surrendered to the process of just learning to love yourself, and I feel like it shows through my pictures,” Demi told Ellen. “I post more bathing suit pictures online. I want to show my fans that it’s possible that they can get to that self-love too.”
To get to this point, however, took courage, because like most other public figures and many ordinary citizens, Demi has been and continues to be subject to hateful and hurtful comments from strangers on social media. But, as a wise person once said, haters gonna hate–and by embracing herself completely, Demi has deflated the trolls’ comments.
“I’ve taken away the power from the negative comments and the haters by not listening to them and if I do see it, I just feel sorry for them, because who leaves a negative comment on somebody’s profile on the internet?” she told Ellen. “You have to be kind of sad to do that. I’ve taken away the power, and it just feels great.”
Freeing as it may be to reveal such photos to the world, and even when you’re as beautiful as Demi, it’s natural to not want to show your vulnerability. Demi admitted to Ellen that she hesitated to post the following photo because “[I] didn’t love my legs in it.”
“You know every time you look at a picture of yourself you critique it,” she told Ellen. “I’m a perfectionist. I decided to post it anyway because I thought, ‘You know what, it’s me, it’s who I am and I love my body, so I’m just going to post it…I posted it because I look so happy. That’s what I love about that picture.”
Is 2018 the year of swimsuit selfies? This mission toward acceptance of self is a New Year’s resolution everybody should be able to get behind.