Demi Lovato On Finally Being Confident in Her Own Skin

By Meredith Lepore

As Ulla says (or rather belts) in the great musical "The Producers," "When you got it, flaunt it."

And though that's just a song lyric, there's actually major meaning behind it. For Demi Lovato, it means liberation. The singer, who has been very open about her struggles with eating disorders and body issues, recently told Allure magazine that she's become more confident in the past year, and therefore has been dressing a little sexier. Even though seeing a starlet strut their stuff on stage in skimpy clothing (hello, Miley) is nothing new in the entertainment industry, Lovato's logic is inspiring.

"I've never felt as confident in my skin as I do today. A year ago, on tour, almost every inch of my body was covered by clothing, and it was because I was hiding behind so many layers," she said. "Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin. I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It’s also a statement, like, 'Hey, watch out. You're no longer getting the insecure Demi that you've been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now.'"

It's taken some time, but Lovato has finally found her confidence — hence the title of her most recent album "Confident." In an industry that overly-exposes being thin, Lovato's beauty and her attitude are a breath of fresh air. In the fall, she talked with Complex Magazine about the freedom this body confidence has finally given her.

"It's liberating. It's not like I have something to hide. I went to this pool party, and somebody got a picture of me in bad lighting. It was just cellulite city. I saw it, and I cringed at first. Then I read the caption underneath, and it was like, 'I'm so proud of this girl. She's real. Even though she may have cellulite, she's not letting it stop her from rocking this bathing suit. She looks awesome. She's worked hard.' I saw that, and I replied to it. I was like, 'At first I cringed when I saw this, but this makes me so happy to see.'"

So we're not saying strip down for your next casual Friday, but do rethink criticizing someone the next time they show a little skin. They may have worked very hard for that moment.

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