For years, former Disney star and pop rock princess Demi Lovato battled with an eating disorder.
She also struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and landed in a rehab facility at a relatively young age. Lovato is now six years sober.
On April 6, Lovato took to Instagram to preach self-love and acceptance to her over 66 million followers.
In one photo, the singer showed off her stretch marks and “extra fat” with the caption, “And yet I still love myself”:
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Lovato then posted another photo, one that revealed the cellulite on the back of her legs. She captioned the photo, “And yet I still love myself”:
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She then continued with yet another photo. This time it showed off her lack of a thigh gap with the caption, “And yet I still love myself”:
Lovato explained her reasoning for posting the revealing and real photos:
The boomerang smoothed out my legs. The point is, I have cellulite just like the other 93% of women do. What you see on Instagram isn’t always what it seems to be. Let’s embrace our real selves. #ILoveMe
The 25-year-old has been an advocate for self-love and acceptance for a while now. She gave advice to those dealing with similar body image issues via Twitter last year, writing:
Sometimes when I’m having bad body image issue days, I remind myself that I’d rather live in freedom from my eating disorder than worry about what people think about my body. I am more than a number and a jean size.
She also sent a message to her fans on the anniversary of her sobriety on March 15:
A huge part of my recovery was learning to love myself and to give back to others.
And loving herself she is. Lovato is currently on tour right now with producer, DJ Khaled.