"A year ago, on tour, almost every inch of my body was covered by clothing, and it was because I was hiding behind so many layers," Demi Lovato says, speaking with Allure. "Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin. I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It's also a statement, like, 'Hey, watch out. You're no longer getting the insecure Demi that you've been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now.'"
So, Demi Lovato has been promoting a very healthy and positive body image, but has received some backlash as to what she chooses to wear. Some fans are telling her that she has changed, due to her wearing sexier and more revealing outfits, but she herself certainly doesn't find that decision to be a problem. Not too long ago, every inch of Lovato's body would be covered up when she was on tour, purposefully trying to hide behind layers. But once she began feeling better about her self-image, she began showing off more of her arms, for example, as that was an uncomfortable thing for her to do at the time.
Lovato now has a nutritionist sending her food, and she exercises regularly when she is on the road, saying that what she eats doesn't rule her life anymore.
"What does it mean to be confident?" she asked Vanity Fair in late 2015. "It means letting go, being authentic, saying I don't give a f**k 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."
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