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Demi Lovato is not your typical pop star. She makes fun of the stereotypical Snapchat selfie duck face and prefers not to be Photoshopped. Better yet, she has become an icon for self-love and pure confidence. That's exactly what she embodies, too. The Grammy nominee has had to live her life's ups and downs in front of the world, and she is not one to shy away from honesty. 

She has been open with her fans about her struggles and has faced her issues head-on, while everyone watches. That's not easy. Being in the public eye and showing that you are a human being who makes mistakes can be challenging and it opens you to plenty of criticism from everyone. But that doesn't stop Demi from living authentically and transparently. 

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The former Disney Channel star has had her fair share of problems in her personal life, starting from when she was a child. She had dealt with eating disorders, drug addictions, and self-harming. That's why every time Demi makes a public display of self-love, it is something worth celebrating and something that can inspire us all to love ourselves a little better. 

From being honest about her relapses to her struggles with her body image to taking a stand against photo editing, Demi shows us that it is more than OK to be human. Life is not perfect and healing is not linear and Demi makes us all see that it's totally acceptable to love ourselves exactly where we are in life -- even when things are a little messy. We're counting down the times the pop star has inspired us to love ourselves, our bodies, and our curves. 

Demi no longer feels the pressure to appear perfect online. 1

Demi shared an unedited photo of herself in a bikini in 2019 and she made us feel so understood. "I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited -- and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me," she captioned this fire snap. "This is what I got. 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."

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Demi wore a teenie tiny bikini with so much confidence. 2

Demi showed off her curves in a mirror selfie and looked incredible. She is no longer giving into the pressure of having to look a certain way and is embracing herself as she is. "No photoshop pls & thank u," she captioned this pic.

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She made bare-faced selfies a common thing on her page. 3

The 27-year-old singer loves taking fresh-faced selfies, which most celebs shy away from. She looks flawless and once even started a No Makeup Monday trend on her Instagram. 

Demi showed us it's OK to not be a size 2. 4

She shared this super steamy bikini pic with a powerful message. "Idk what to caption this.. reality is I’m sitting at the gym post jiu jitsu feeling high on life and drinking my post workout shake. I’m sweaty and not looking this glamorous right now but f--k I feel awesome and posting this feels empowering because I like this pic where I feel sexy and I can also defend myself from anyone that ever tries to attack me," she captioned it. "Any size, any shape, any gender. I have security but in the moments I’m alone I feel confident (no pun intended) that I can hold my own against an attacker and hope everyone finds something they become as passionate about as I feel about jiu jitsu."

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She did a full photo shoot with no Photoshop or filter. 5

For the October 2015 Vanity Fair issue, she decided to strip and wasn't Photoshopped even a little bit and her body was on full display. Go her!

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She knows that it's important to feel comfortable in her own skin. 6

Here's another image from her Vanity Fair shoot. Her caption was, "Sometimes you just have to say f--k the photoshop." OK!

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She showed us that our bellies don't have to be totally flat to be beautiful. 7

During a recent Snapchat, Lovato grabbed her chichos and wrote in part, "My body isn't perfect. I'm not my fittest, but this is me." Preach!

She showed us that it is possible to survive body image issues. 8

She previously confessed that her body image issues started at age 3. "When I started having body image issues I remember being 3 years old in a diaper and rubbing my hand over my stomach...and I remember thinking in my head ‘I wonder if one day this will ever be flat?’” she said in an interview with Katie Couric. 

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She is proud of her curves. 9

The pop star is serious about showing the real her. "Behind the scenes (and bathroom door) of my Allure cover shoot.. Posting a #nophotoshop pic because I'm proud to show my body the way it naturally is.. (And there was great lighting...)," she wrote as the caption. 

She speaks to others about confidence. 10

She's confident and welcomes others to get in the zone. "I think it's a combination of self-respect, self-love, and complete security in who you are as a person," she said on her YouTube channel. 

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Demi also needs a reminder to focus on herself. 11

She has a tiny "me" tattooed on her ring finger. The finger is usually reserved to symbolize your union to another person, but now Demi is using it to show that she comes first. "Me first 🖤 thank you @winterstone for my new forever reminder.. #i🖤me," she explained the tattoo.

She focuses on being fit to keep herself healthy inside and out. 12

The singer encourages women to love their curves and to stay healthy by working out. That doesn't mean you have to turn into a stick figure. She also uses her workouts as an outlet to keep her mental state at peace. 

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She loves showing off her figure. 13

She loves to show off her curves in chic and sexy outfits--without showing too much skin. Classy is clearly in style. 

Her lyrics are powerful and keep us going forward. 14

Demi's single "Confident" is an anthem for all women to be bosses. "It's time for me to take it/I'm the boss right now/Not gonna fake it," she sings.  

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She is not afraid to show the world when she makes mistakes. 15

Demi knows that life can get hectic and sometimes we take a step backwards when we're trying to make progress. She was honest with her fans and accepted that she made a mistake in her 2018 song "Sober" where she revealed that she had relapsed after being sober for more than five years.

Demi taught us how to empower ourselves with "Sorry Not Sorry." 16

She gives us anthems that inspire us to push forward and bring out the fierce woman that lives within all of us. Her song "Sorry Not Sorry" seems like it is aimed at an ex, but it can also be used as inspiration to silence any naysayers.

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Demi's documentary showed us a vulnerable side of Demi. 17

Demi looked back on her darker times but also kept it real about what it is like to get out of a long relationship and how difficult it can be to move forward. We've all been there, so it is good to know we're not alone.

She uses her workouts to release any bad energy. 18

Demi has focused on her jiu jitsu skills to get through dark times and it has helped her stay in shape while also making her mentally stronger. We all need productive and positive outlets to get any negative energy out of our systems.

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Demi is proof that resilience in life is important. 19

No matter how many times we fall off course, there is always a chance for us to get back on the right track again. Even after her overdose in 2018, Demi has slowly started to get her life back in order after getting another chance to make it right. 

The former child star is proof that we should all be living our purpose. 20

Demi is such a powerful singer and has an incredible voice. No matter what happens in her personal life, she always turns to her music and keeps continuing to live in her purpose. 

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