Why Demi Lovato’s Unedited Bikini Pic Matters
Authenticity is in.
It is no secret that Demi Lovato has had her fair share of demons. The once-Disney channel star has struggled with drugs, eating disorders and body image for years. While she has documented some of her ups and downs on her Insta, the rawness of her most recent post has us shook!
Demi posted an unedited bikini pic on Friday where she looks happy, healthy and REAL. In the caption, she starts by saying, “This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited.” In a social-media world dominated by FaceTuned, perfectly manicured, almost alien-like images, Demi, like us, has been feeling the pressure to be perfect.
The struggle we feel to be beautiful or on fleek might cause us to edit our photos excessively or even use photoshop. “My body looks great here!”…said no one ever. *Cue Facetune.* We all know this goes on, but for some reason, we still hold ourselves to standards of perfection we see in images that have already been photoshopped. How crazy is that? By doing this we are not only chipping away at our self-esteem but skewing our perception of what a real woman actually looks like cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, and scars, galore.
Demi Lovato has revealed the extent to which she has been affected by this social-media culture, writing, “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.” YAAAAS Demi.
By speaking out, Demi shows us how owning your body is true freedom; and that is beautiful. It also makes us realize that even the most gorgeous celebs struggle with body image, notions of perfection and (God forbid!) cellulite. They not only struggle with the same issues we do but often face a lot more scrutiny through unflattering paparazzi pics, social media trolls, and industry bullies.
If Demi can own who she is, bare her soul; and show her millions of followers what a real woman looks like, we can too. We’re not saying you need to post a close-up shot of your thighs, (maybe you can build to that…?) but the next time you go to post a pic, ask yourself if that’s really you in there. If it’s not, it might be time to delete Facetune and embrace that cellulite! #celluLIT
Image credit: Spiegel.