There’s No Shame in Embracing a Positive Body Image
We now live in a social media world where Photoshop, filters and blurring are an everyday thing that women are doing to "fit in," and it feels so wrong.
When Demi Lovato took to her Instagram last night to basically tell the world she is sick and tired of hiding from the world her true self, I wasn't expecting her to be addressing her body, figure, weight and in her opinion, her flaws.
I was expecting her long-winded post to be about the new music she is working on or maybe her budding television career. She's going to be doing a bunch of cool projects this fall and winter, including guest starring on one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Will & Grace.
She posted a photo of herself in a bikini, getting out of a pool. At first sight, I didn't know for sure if it was her, mostly because of the short hair. She looks like she has a little extra weight these days but I honestly think she looks great. I love her no matter what the scale says.
After reading her post (which is below, keep scrolling) I think Demi is figuring out for herself that hiding behind filters and Photoshop is just too exhausting. I can't imagine a world where we have to start completely altering ourselves for social media. I mean a filter here and there I think is fine, but when you have to start relying on Photoshop and special apps to completely enhance your physical self for fear of being judged in a negative way? Well, that's no way to live.
I was so happy to hear and see that she's done with all that and she is letting everyone know she is finally happy with her body just the way it is.
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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
I think it's important we continue to preach and teach the young girls in our lives that living in and having a healthy body is most important, not the number of pounds you weigh on the scale.