It’s official: Celebrity self-portraits without makeup are the new way to gain your fans’ admiration and trust. The latest photo comes from former Disney star Demi Lovato, who tweeted this pic before bed last night. With anyone else, I’d accuse them of jumping on a trend, but Demi’s very public self-image issues make me think the photo was more for her than for her career.
In her MTV documentary Demi Lovato: Stay Strong that was filmed last year, the starlet candidly told the cameras that even though she’d successfully completed her rehab stay, “I cannot tell you that I have not thrown up since treatment. I cannot tell you that I haven’t cut myself since treatment. I’m not perfect. This is a daily battle that I will face for the rest of my life.” While rumors abound that she was put away for drug and alcohol issues, Demi claims that she self-medicated to deal with a larger problem: Her eating disorder and body-image problems, stemming from being chubby as a kid.
In short, Demi has always felt that she wasn’t good enough. She’s been a proponent of dramatic makeup since her Disney days, wearing smoky eyes and dark lipstick at red carpet events. But see how content she looks here! The more cynical might say her smile is from the knowledge that all the celebrity outlets will be documenting her little stunt. But really, she looks more at peace than we see her at awards shows, moreso than in the Stay Strong doc, even.
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