Demi Lovato has caused an uproar among her fans thanks to her recent Instagram activity, as the out-spoken artist continues to combat body-shaming and promoting realistic images of females.
The latest incident involving Demi Lovato was over a fan’s rendering of her body based on a sultry photo the singer posted on Instagram to promote “Body Says” recently, the Huffington Post reported over the weekend. The artist that drew the picture — Romanian artist Vladimir Serbanescu — morphed Demi into a mermaid for the work of art, taking liberties with her body that Lovato took exception to in comments she made on the Instagram post.
“Is that how my boobs should look? It’s gorgeous but that’s not my body.”
Fans quickly came to the defense of the artist, taking exception with Demi Lovato for not at least praising the artist for spending the time to draw the picture. Hundreds of comments filled the picture within the next 24 hours, and thousands of comments flooded the original Instagram photograph post on the artist’s page.
Vladimir Sebanescu also responded to the criticism from Demi Lovato. The Romanian artist explained why he made changes to the photograph that did not reflect her actual body in comments posted on the drawing.
“If i make your waist slimmer and your boobs bigger to accentuate the fact that i drew you as a mermaid, a mythological creature, 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.”
Demi Lovato has spent much of the past few years fighting body-shaming. Last year, the “Cool For The Summer” singer posed nude for Vanity Fair, an attempt to show her newfound comfort with her own body.
Demi posed for the now-controversial photographs earlier this year to promote her new single “Body Says,” the Inquisitr reported in July. The photograph was another way Demi Lovato expressed the ease she felt with her body and its imperfections, according to the article.
In addition to her efforts to combat body-shaming, Demi Lovato has also been an out-spoken political activist during this presidential election. The “Confident” singer has publicly backed Hillary Clinton in her campaign, a nod to the first female to be at the head of her party’s ticket in the general election, according to the Inquisitr.
The female artist has been recognized for her advocacy efforts. At this year’s GLAAD festivities, Demi Lovato was given the Vanguard Award for her work to build awareness of LGBT issues. Her tour partner Nick Jonas was on hand for the ceremony, presenting the award to his fellow musician and friend.
Artist Vladimir Serbanescu has risen to fame through posting his drawings on Instagram of several other famous individuals. The Romanian artist has over 52,000 followers on Instagram, where multiple posts showing his work on artists such as Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Justin Bieber.
Demi Lovato is not afraid to call anyone out over feminist issues, according to Design & Trend. Earlier this year, Lovato was critical of former gal-pal Taylor Swift over her self-proclaimed description as a feminist. Demi Lovato called out Taylor Swift in an interview with Refinery29 in May.
“My thing is, don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work. I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham … or Beyoncé, who make amazing political statements through their work.”
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