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Demi Lovato Refuses to Photoshop

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The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer is done apologizing for who she is. And she’s done editing her photos on social media. In a recent Instagram post, Demi appears in bikini perched seductively above a brave caption admitting to altering her photos in the past and her fear of exposing her cellulite.

The refreshingly human pop star has been open about her recovery from drug addiction, an eating disorder and mental illness. After a relapse in 2018, Demi found an even deeper commitment to self-acceptance and has pledged to stop digitally altering her photos.

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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 🔥🔥🔥

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The triple threat performer racked up over 9 million “likes” for her unfiltered share, with fans and pals praising Demi for her authenticity. “Showing us YOU is so incredibly beautiful. Thank you Demi! Love you Mama!” body-positive-beauty, Ashley Graham wrote.

Trailblazers within marginalized groups are not calling for change in trend, they want a change in consciousness. People of all shapes, sizes and identities should equally represent beauty, and that reality should be illustrated in mainstream media. Demi’s post is further confirmation of where the body positivity movement is headed.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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