Just a few days ago, Demi Lovato released pictures from her most recent photo shoot with VanityFair for her new album. Her only restrictions for the shoot were – no clothing, no makeup, and no retouching whatsoever. The results from her photographer Patrick Ecclesine were absolutely unbelievable. The shoot, being named CONFIDENT after her highly anticipated album (to be released on October 16th!) contained such a prominent message to all women: love the skin that you’re in.
Lovato’s upcoming album is all about who she really is, and how she has come to become a confident woman. The best part about her photo shoot was that it was completely spontaneous. Demi’s great grandfather had died the day before the shoot, and it finally made her realize what she wanted. Sitting brainstorming around midnight with Patrick, she came up with her idea stating:
“ I’m about to launch an album that finally represents who I truly am. How do I embrace this new chapter in my life? How do I really walk the walk? What does it mean to be confident? It means letting go, being authentic, saying I don’t give a fuck and this is who I am. I want to show the side of me that’s real, that’s liberated, that’s free. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super-sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.”
In her interview with VanityFair, Demi explained that when she thinks of confidence, she thinks of feeling comfortable in your own skin. She loved the idea of no makeup, no retouching, and no clothing to conceal any part of who she is. Demi has been through a lot in her life, and she states that she never thought she would’ve been able to comfortably do a photo shoot like this in exposing herself. She used to suffer from eating disorders, hating her body. With this, after working for a very long time learning how to love herself and her body that she’s in, she’s reached a place where she is finally happy. This shoot was extremely empowering for her, as she was trying to send a message, wanting other women to realize that they can overcome the obstacles of body image issues and feel confident. Not only is she coming out with her problems, but she’s embracing them, working on them, and encouraging others to do the same.
As many of us know, body image, mental health, gender issues…all of it is a work in progress. Being confident isn’t easy by any means, but Demi shows us that it’s possible to get there with some hard work and a kick in your step. Sometimes the smallest things make the largest difference, and being confident just might be step one in the process. I am absolutely in love this photo shoot. It’s raw, and pure. In a sense, it’s motivating. I don’t necessarily want to go nude in front of a camera lens, but it makes me want to love myself that much more. I hope it does the same for you, readers. Be free, and fall in love with yourself. In the meantime, keep rocking on Demi; you’re a true inspiration.