It was only a few years ago that Demi Lovato checked into rehab for “physical and emotional issues,” part of which included an eating disorder. Recently, the singer took to social media to show her transformation from that time until now, using pictures from four different VMA shows to get her point across.
“It makes me sad because I wasted so many years ashamed of my body when I could’ve been living the happy and healthy life I live today,” she wrote in the photo’s caption, noting how frail she looked at her very first VMAs.
On Thursday, the singer opened up to Access Hollywood about the emotional post, and which celebs she credits with helping her feel beautiful. “The very first time that I ever went to the VMAs I just looked so bony and fragile and unhappy,” she admitted. “Yes, I was at the VMAs and I was 16 and I was having an incredible time, but at the same time I was miserable. I look back at that and think, you know what, I may have been thinner, but I’m so happy that I am healthy today and I have curves, which are a lot more sexier than what I was aiming for.”
But, she says, there’s a reason for her misconceptions about body image in the past. “When I was growing up and I when I was a pre-teen, the people that I had to look up to [for] body image [were extremely underweight,” she explained. “[They] were all very bony at that time and that was the in-thing.”
Now, Demi adds, girls have an array of bodies to look up to. “I really credit women like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian,” she said. “[They] completely revolutionized what our generation’s view of perception of what beautiful is and I really think that they had a huge impact on that. You can think whatever you want about the Kardashians, but they really did help tons of women feel comfortable in their own skin, and I like to carry that message on.”