Demi Lovato’s Unedited Instagram Photo Is the Confidence Boost We All Needed

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Singer Demi Lovato is now in the business of facing fears. In an Instagram photo shared on Thursday night, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer shared a beautiful, unedited photo of herself in a bathing suit, with an honest caption we can all appreciate: “This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited.” 

The 27-year-old goes on to share that she’s “tired of being ashamed of my body” and feeling the pressure to edit past photos. “Yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth."

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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. 💗 #nationalcelulliteday #celluLIT 🔥🔥🔥

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“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.”

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Since posting, the raw photo has garnered more than 7 million likes and close to 250,000 loving and supportive comments. “You look even better without the editing,” one note read.

Long-time friend and manager Scooter Braun praised the star’s talent, sharing: “YOU did this. YOU. YOU are amazing...YOU are smart...you are beautiful... you are wonderful... you are brave...and you are kind. And I’m proud of YOU. Hell Im proud to know YOU! Bravo for loving YOU first and in turn inspiring millions.”

We couldn’t agree more.