Demi Lovato tackles body issues with 'spontaneous, nude, make-up free' Vanity Fair photoshoot
Singer Demi Lovato has posed "nude and make-up free" for a "spontaneous" Vanity Fair photo shoot in a Manhattan hotel room.
Lovato (23) has been open about body issues and her battles with eating disorders in the past and in a video on the Vanity Fair website explaining the shoot she cites overcoming those issues as the reason she decided to pose naked.
"The reason why I decided to do this photoshoot was because when I thin of 'confident' I think of many things, but one thing in particular is feeling comfortable in your own skin," she says.
"I thought there was something incredible about the idea of no make-up whatsoever, no clothes, and no retouching.
"I never would have thought I could ever have gotten to a place in my life where I would feel comfortable doing that."
Demi posed for a series of shots taken by photographer Patrick Ecclesine at 12.30am one night this week and she describes the process as "empowering."
"It's empowering and it shows other women how you can get to a place where you can overcome obstacles of body image issues and you can feel comfortable and confident in your skin," she says.
She added, "In the past I suffered from eating disorders and I basically went from that to hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out how to love myself, love the skin that I'm in.
"I learned after working very hard on my spirituality and my soul and my body, I learned that you can get to a place where you love the skin you're in and I'm excited to share that with the world."
One of the shot depicts Demi sitting on the bath in a shot reminiscent of Kim Kardashian's cover shoot for Paper Magazine.
In the Vanity Fair article, Ecclesine reveals that Demi's great grandfather Buddy Moore had died the day before the shoot and quoted Demi as requesting a "raw" photoshoot to show the side of her "that's real, that's liberated, that's free" as "life is too short".