Demi Lovato determined to represent 'normal' body types

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is determined to continue representing a "normal" body type in the media.

The Skyscraper singer, who struggled with eating disorders and negative self-image in the early days of her career, has been focused on maintaining a healthy weight and perspective in recent months.

Reflecting on how her battles were amplified by the pressures to appear thin as a young singer and actress during a chat with Miley Cyrus for her IGTV show Bright Minded: Live with Miley on Tuesday, Demi shared that her advocacy of body positivity has given her real purpose in life.

"My whole purpose in coming clean with everything that I've been through is so that it will help someone," she commented. "I remember being 12 years old and my body started changing, and I didn't have anybody (to look at) in young Hollywood at that time that had a normal body, it was just stick figures because that was what was in style. I made a vow to myself that when I get older I wanna represent what I didn't have. I want to be that for somebody."

Demi then went on to discuss the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. With many people now opting to self-isolate or work from home, the star urged those feeling particularly vulnerable to be "gentle" on themselves.

"I think it's so important for anybody that has dealt with body image (issues) that right now when we're home with our mirrors and things like that, it's so important to not get consumed in negative self-talk," the 27-year-old added. "This goes for everybody. We're confined into these spaces, with the same mirrors, the same negative thoughts. It's important not to beat ourselves up over getting nervous or not eating perfectly or working out perfectly. These are different, very scary times. We've never been through this. It's OK, be gentle with yourself as much as possible."

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