One of Hollywood's most inspiring celebs has done it again. Superstar Demi Lovato's nude photoshoot for Vanity Fair is raw, honest, and totally body positive — just like Demi herself. Shot by renowned photographer Patrick Ecclesine, she bared her skin and her soul for the camera.
According to Vanity Fair, Lovato had three requirements for the shoot: “No makeup, no clothes, no retouching.” And even though this made for some beautiful stripped-down photos, the most inspiring result just might be the video that went along with them. Posted along with the pics on Vanity Fair's website, the 23 year old revealed what drove her to do the shoot in the first place, and why it's such a big step for her.
"When I think of confident, I think of many things, but one thing in particular is feeling comfortable in your own skin, and I thought there was something incredible about the idea of no makeup whatsoever, no clothes, and no retouching," she shared.
What's most amazing is that the actress-turned-singer, like so many of us, didn't grow up confident, giving the shoot so much more meaning. "I would have never thought that I would have ever gotten to a place in my life where I could feel comfortable doing that. It's empowering and it shows other women that you can get to a place where you can overcome the obstacles of body image issues, and you can feel comfortable and confident in your skin."
This is such a huge message for so many of her fans — even if you're not feeling your boldest now, there is hope for the future. "In the past I suffered from eating disorders, and I basically went from hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out ways to love myself, love the skin that I'm in."
Lovato has come a long way, and that's incredibly encouraging for women who may not be as far in their journey to accept and love themselves fully. Hear what else she had to say about the shoot:
It takes a lot of bravery not only to talk about body confidence, but to practice it, too. And she's certainly doing it in these photos.
She's a champion for positivity, confidence, and being your most honest self, and this shoot certainly backs that up.
Check out the rest of the photos over at VanityFair.com.
Even though this series of photos gives her another platform to preach the good word, she doesn't need a magazine to do it all the time — she's got Instagram. Here are some of her best body positive posts, sans professional photog:
No Thigh Gap, No Problem
"Regardless of what society tells you these days... You don't have to have a thigh gap to be beautiful. It is possible to love your body the way it is."
Work Out For The Right Reasons
"Don't train to be skinny, train to be a #badass."
Love Your Curves
"Learn to lurrrrrvveee yerrrrr currrrrvveees."
Makeup-Free And Still Gorg
"Ladies, be brave today.. take off your make-up and stop using those filters!! WE are beautiful!!!"