Demi Lovato had a photo shoot for Vanity Fair. While this normally isn’t news, there’s a twist: she insisted on doing the shoot without makeup, clothes, or retouching. “I thought there was something incredible about the idea of no make-up…no clothes…and no retouching…it’s empowering,” she explained.
Hmm. OK. While I can totally get behind the idea of learning to love your body, I’m not sure how her awesome naked bod is supposed to empower anyone else. She still looks thin, yet curvy in the “right places” and she’s still posed in suggestive poses that you would see in any nude magazine shoot. I applaud her for ditching the make-up and the photoshopping, but that’s easy to do when you’re not covered in stretch marks, aren’t a double digit size, and have a six pack. It’s totally fine that she wants to do this for herself but making it seem like her naked pics are inspiring women to love their own naked bodies doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
Get what I’m saying? Not hating on her for this, but I’m not exactly crying tears of joy while gasping, “Yes, Demi, yes, girl power, thank you!” And really, she wouldn’t be doing this at all if she didn’t have an album coming out. From Vanity Fair:
I’m about to launch an album that finally represents who I truly am. How do I embrace this new chapter in my life? How do I really walk the walk? What does it mean to be confident? It means letting go, being authentic, saying I don’t give a fuck and this is who I am. I want to show the side of me that’s real, that’s liberated, that’s free. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super-sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.
Again, major props to her for feeling confident about her body and being at peace with herself —I know she’s struggled with eating disorders in the past.
What do you guys think?
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I think it’s actually a cool idea. I have struggled with eating disorders and body dysmorphia and it actually messed with my head to see all of the fake ‘no make up selfies’ and clearly photoshopped bodies celebrities show off. I didn’t know what to believe and thought maybe I really am a freak in comparison. She does look more like a real person here (a very very beautiful person though) and it’s good for some people to see celeb’s looking more realistic. For example I have very similar arms to hers and have always despised them and cried about them; but I look at hers and they’re beautiful! Maybe fuller arms can be very pretty too.
There is no such thing as an ugly woman, just women who haven’t yet noticed how beautiful they are.