Demi Lovato continues to really impress me. She’s 20 years old, an actress and musician who has been through a very public battle with eating disorders, self-harm and mental illness, and she just continues to hit it out of the park with her positive attitude. The latest? A fan at one of Demi’s Brazil concerts threw a Barbie doll onstage, prompting the performer to speak out yet again about unrealistic standards of female beauty. And if the Christina Aguilera “fat girl” fake quote scandal from earlier this week proved anything, it’s that we’re hungry for honest talk about body image.
In the video, she says:
I’ve been through so much in my 20 years of life, and I’ve obviously been to treatment, been getting help, and whatnot and it’s very important that I share this story with you guys. I know there are a lot of you guys in this audience tonight that have dealt with bullying, that have dealt with an eating disorder, self-harm or substance abuse and I know how you feel and I want to show you that you can get through it because I’m living proof right here.
Demi picked up a Barbie that someone threw onstage, held it up and said: “I spent my whole life trying to be this and to look like this. And guess what? I’m not this. And it means the world to me that you guys still love me no matter what.” The crowd went wild, Demi threw the Barbie doll offstage and launched into her song, “Skyscraper.” Side note: did you know she played the piano? I certainly didn’t!
I appreciate Demi because she takes every opportunity to be a role model and spokesperson for women and girls who’ve had similar experiences to hers. We’ve heard her story again and again, and I think that truly makes a difference. Some people may see it as overkill, but I applaud her for continuing to speak and comment about these issues. It’s clear that she’s talking about body image because it’s something that matters to her and that she feels is important, not because her manager or her PR rep want her to.
The Christina Aguilera “fat girl” fake comment debacle proves that the public is hungry for real talk on these issues, especially from female celebrities. The comments attributed to Christina made waves and garnered positive reactions (including one from me); women really seem to need and want to hear these kinds of messages. They want to hear a celebrity call herself “fat” in a positive way. They want to hear that’s it ok if their bodies don’t look like a Barbie doll.
I hope Demi continues to be outspoken about her struggles with body image, mental illness and eating disorders, because the public needs to hear her words. In fact, we can’t hear them enough.
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