Demi Lovato Posing For Body Positivity
As most of you know, Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight a lot from being a child star on Barney and Camp Rock to her struggles with addiction and mental health. I have followed her social media for a long time because I find her inspirational for a struggle with a lot of the same things that she does. Knowing that Demi has struggled with body image and eating disorders is common knowledge. She has been candid with her struggle. She has done a lot of things from very strict diets to strenuous exercise regiments to achieve this unachievable goal of the perfect body. As somebody who has struggled with Bulimia and Body Dysmorphia, I can say that Demi is an encouragement for me.
Recently, she posted an unedited photo of herself in a bikini to Instagram. I just scrolled past it without noticing or reading her comment because honestly, I did not see that it was she who posted it and I thought it was another person in my feed showing off unrealistic body goals. Multiple articles soon surfaced about this image and I read a couple. To my amazement, I realized I did see this picture in my feed and I should have read the comment.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Instead, courage is how we overcome our fear. Demi showed courage in her latest post, even acknowledging that doing such was her biggest fear. She pointed out that, sure, she has Cellulite. Who doesn’t nowadays. Although I do not think posting a bikini picture is the best way for her to make a statement, she is displaying body positivity.
“I’m just sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body…”
“I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day”
We need to take a chapter from her book. Our bodies are temples and masterpieces created from God. Yes, we need to take care of them. Yes, this means eating healthy and exercising. No, this does not mean looking like a super model. We are all made uniquely.
I, for one, am rooting for you Demi. My advice is to keep seeking your identity in Christ and not the standards that man puts on you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made according to Scripture. Continue to use your platform for good and be transparent with your struggles.