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Demi Lovato Sets The Internet Ablaze With a Fire Makeup-Free Selfie

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By Brooklyn Denton

Demi Lovato is arguably one of Hollywood's most vocal entertainers. In a world where PR is the default and being PC implies perfection, Lovato makes it a point to always strive to be herself and walk in her authentic truth. The pop star has been involved in her fair share of controversy stemming from addiction, mental illness and her struggle with her eating disorder. What makes her different from a lot of people in her industry is that she wears who she is on her sleeve: flaws and all.

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Undoubtedly, Lovato's transparency has helped her gain respect from fans and onlookers alike. Her being real about her struggles makes people feel more connected and helps others going through a similar storm feel less alone. She is also a reminder of the power of staying true and being real. The "Tell Me You Love Me" singer recently took to Instagram to post an epic makeup-free selfie, showing the world once again that although she is not always comfortable in her skin, she loves the skin she's in.

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Accompanying the seflie, the songstress shared in her caption words echoing her self-love. The journey has been a battle for the singer, but it's clear she's still fighting the war. “Haven’t done a #NoMakeupMonday in yearssss but I figured after posting so many glamorous pics with tons of makeup and hair pieces, it’s important to show myself underneath it all,” she wrote. "This is what I look like 85%-90% of the time. Proud of my freckles, proud of booty chin and proud of myself for loving and accepting myself the way I am. 🖤 #ILoveMe.”

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In a recent installment of Ashley Graham's Pretty Big Deal podcast, Lovato acted as a guest and revealed a lot more about herself in the 46-minute conversation. Topics the two covered candidly included Lovato's struggle with body image and how obsessively working out to maintain an unrealistic body triggered her eating disorder that she had previously been recovering from.

She told Graham, “I’m tired of running myself into the ground with workouts and extreme dieting. I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder, when it actually was just completely falling into it. And I just realized maybe my symptoms weren’t as obvious as before, but it was definitely an eating issue.”

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Being honest with herself about what she was no longer going to ask of herself or demand of her body was a huge step toward developing better self-love and a healthier body image. What she was doing wasn't making her feel happy or good about herself, so it was time to change.

“I made a choice going into this next album. Alright when I present this I’m not going to worry about what I look like. I’m not going to worry about trying to look a certain way or fit a certain mold or whatever. That’s just not who I am. Someone needs to stand up for people who don’t naturally look that way.”

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And stand up, she will. In addition to her PBD PSA, Lovato's makeup-free selfie is a reclamation of her beauty, self-love, and ultimately her power. The Demi Lovato she is now is an advocate for prioritizing her mental health above all. She continued, “I had to work my ass off every day in the gym six days a week to maintain that figure and its like…that lead me only one way and I don’t want to go down that path again. I’m not willing to destroy my mental health to look a certain way anymore.”

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