Demi Lovato Called Out Fan Art For Altering Her Body, Because The Singer Is All About Self Love
Demi Lovato is all about body positivity, and many of us are right there with her. Recently, Demi Lovato called out fan art that she felt represented her body inaccurately, highlighting the importance of not changing other people's bodies in favor of unrealistic and dangerous beauty ideals — even if those ideals are created with good intentions.
Lovato went on Instagram to comment on a post from an artist and fan named Vladimir Serbanescu, Refinery 29 reported. Serbanescu drew a mermaid in Lovato's likeness, posted it to his Instagram account, and it was picked up and shared by a fan account. While that might seem innocent enough to some, Lovato took to the fan account to point out something that was bothering her.
"Is that how my boobs should look?" Lovato questioned in the post. Despite her disapproving tone she also praised the artist for his work. "It's gorgeous, but that's not my body," she explained.
While it's obvious Serbanescu worked hard on the image and was proud of what he created, it's also important to note Lovato has the right to feel frustrated. Enhancing parts of someone's body without their permission could be interpreted as making it "better." However, Serbanescu stood by his vision.
He responded to Lovato, "If [I] make your waist slimmer and your boobs bigger to accentuate the fact that I drew you as a mermaid, a mythological creature, [it] doesn't mean I say that you should look like that or all girls should look like that. That's how I imagine mermaids. I worked a lot on that drawing and [I] was proud of it, but not anymore."
This isn't the first time Lovato had to deal with body altering or misrepresentation, which may explain her sensitivity to the matter. In a 2012 Cosmopolitan cover, her waist was allegedly whittled down in the image — even though she opened up about her past fight with bulimia and anorexia in the corresponding story. Since then, she's been an advocate on social media to love your body and embrace it in its current form, rather than wishing you fit into a specific standard.
Images: @vladyart/ Instagram