Demi Lovato's Nude, Makeup-Free Photo Shoot Is the Definition of 'Confident' (PHOTOS)

demi lovatoYet another female celeb is doing the makeup-free (and nude!) photos thing -- but this particular unretouched magazine spread is more meaningful than most: Demi Lovato's recent au naturel shoot for Vanity Fair shows exactly how far the once-insecure star has come.


Demi, whose new album Confident is coming out in a few weeks, posed for Vanity Fair completely bare of both clothes and cosmetics in her hotel bathtub in NYC -- and, most remarkably of all, she "insists" the images were not Photoshopped. It's a brave gesture for any woman, let alone someone like Demi who's publicly battled eating disorder and mental health issues. But the 23-year-old says she's in a completely different place now, one she's worked hard to find:

“I basically went from hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out ways to love myself, love the skin that I’m in,” she told Vanity Fair. “I learned after working very hard on my spirituality and my soul and my body, I learned that you can get to a place where you can love the skin you’re in.”

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Demi was also in a particularly raw, contemplative frame of mind at her photo shoot because her great-grandfather had died the day before.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past day, it’s that life is too short,” she said. “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."

The results, unsurprisingly, are stunning. Here's a sneak peek:

And another:

And a behind-the-scenes preview:

She looks beautiful, right?? Without all the makeup, etc., we're used to seeing on Demi, her real beauty shines through -- and it's the well-deserved beauty of someone who's battled the demon of low self-esteem and won. I'm thrilled by the message that Demi is sending to young girls here -- and to grown women, too! True confidence is knowing yourself and accepting the person you really are.

Congrats, Demi!


Image via Rick Davis/Splash News

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