Demi Lovato is a force to be reckoned with in a bikini-clad Instagram post that calls out the cellulite on her legs and thigh. The “Tell Me You Love Me” singer, who commands a whopping 73.4 followers on the social media platform, made a point to let her fans know that this move was deliberate when she made it on September 5.
The 27-year-old icon said in the caption of her Thursday share that those who were looking at her most recent photo were looking at the “RAW, REAL!” person she is, and that she loves herself for it. Her message went further, making sure that everyone was “clear” that the star was not “stoked” to look like she did in the image. However, she said that she was appreciative and that she hoped by showing up this way without any filters or any other editing that she would “inspire someone to appreciate their body today, too.”
Demi — who is often seen in animal prints like she was last year for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards — rocked a tiny bikini featuring a leopard print. The top seemed to be strapless, revealing a side view of her tattooed right rib cage. The bottom, which was high-waisted and featured a black band, was cut up high on the thigh, emphasizing that part of her raised right leg in the image. Meanwhile, her left leg was holding most of her weight as she leaned on that limb, which also showed signs of cellulite.
This daring celebrity, who said she was facing her “biggest fear” by showing up on Instagram while showing off her body’s perceived imperfections, also donned a pair of shades that were sliding down her nose. She wore her hair in a short bob that featured some waves and a stylish far-left part.
She peered at her photographer as she stepped into a portion of clear water that had been partitioned off from a larger lake. Behind her and the lake was a pretty blue sky featuring a few white cloud puffs.
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This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited - and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day. It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit. Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem.. ????????????????????????♀️ also. Just so everyone’s clear.. I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. ????
Over 2.4 million fans as of this writing — including Miley Cryus’ sister, 19-year-old Noah Cyrus — liked this blue color-dominated image within an hour of sharing. Many others wrote under her caption to praise Demi’s daring display.
“Love ya buds and proud of you!” remarked friend and self-described “Hollywood Connector” Dave Osokow, while Orange is the New Black actress Ruby Rose simply commented by adding a heart-faced emoji.
“You just inspired me for sure mama. You look incredible,” said Cuban-Croatian model Natalia Baraulich, who added a fire emoji and a red lips emoji.
Through her comment, Natalia fulfilled Demi Lovato’s wish of inspiration for that one other person. And what better person to spread the word that should eliminate at least some body shamers than a beautiful, relevant model?