Demi Lovato: I Allowed People to “Define What I Thought of My Body”
In an interview with Glam Belleza Latina, the publication’s latest cover girl says she used to be insecure of her curves and would lurk on things like Twitter and Facebook to see if people were commenting about her body.
“I tried to conform to what everyone thinks is beautiful. But my genetics gave me a curvy figure, and I’ve come to understand that in the Latina culture, that is beautiful. I no longer look at my body and think, Oh my gosh, I have such a fat butt. Or, I hate my thighs. On some days I don’t love them. But, you know, that’s one of the things that makes me me,” she says.
“Social media started impacting my life when I was about 14 years old. I would check it obsessively, reading comments and wondering if people noticed that I’d gained or lost weight. I allowed social media to define what I thought of my body,” she continues. “And now I realize that no matter how thin you are, someone will call you fat. No matter how beautiful you are, someone will call you ugly. But you can’t spend your time worrying about that. You’re just not going to please the world.”
“And occasionally I’ll come across a negative comment, but I just laugh it off. In the past that would have really affected me.”
And as someone who’s always been open about her inner demons, Lovato has taken up the task of being an unofficial spokesperson for healthy body image. Most recently, when “All About That Bass” crooner Meghan Trainor made a crack that she “wasn’t strong enough to have an eating disorder,” the songstress hit back with a lengthy explanation to why anorexia and bulimia are not joking matters.
“Having an eating disorder doesn’t show “strength.” Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long,” she said. “There’s a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice … Starving is not a ‘diet’ and throwing up isn’t something that only extremely thin men or women do.”