"My stretch marks aren't going away so might as well throw a lil glitter on 'em."

By Claire Gillespie
December 28, 2020
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Demi Lovato has had plenty of ups and downs over the years, which she's documented with brutal honesty on social media for her huge fan base. Her latest Instagram post is most definitely an "up." Lovato shared a series of close-up images of cellulite on the tops of her thighs and buttocks.

Hers is no ordinary cellulite, she explains. In true A-lister style, the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer covered her stretch marks with glitter to celebrate what she describes as "recovery from an eating disorder" for the first time in her life.

Revealing in the caption that she used to genuinely believe recovering from an eating disorder wasn't possible, Lovato also shared some of the negative thought patterns she had when she was growing up, such as "Surely she throws up here and there" and "she can't POSSIBLY accept her cellulite."

"In honor of my gratitude for the place I'm in today, this was a lil shoot I did by myself in quarantine this summer when I wanted to celebrate my stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them," she wrote. She explained that she started wearing actual glitter paint on her stretch marks to honor her body in its entirety—including the parts society might view as "bad."

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Credit: Getty Images/Design: Jo Imperio

"My stretch marks aren't going away so might as well throw a lil glitter on em' amiright (sic)?" the artist wrote. She added a reminder to "anyone who doesn't think it's possible: IT ACTUALLY IS YOU CAN DO IT. I BELIEVE IN YOU. This year was tough.. be gentle on yourself if you slip and remember to get right back on track because you're WORTH THE MIRACLE OF RECOVERY." She concluded the message with "I LOVE YOU."

It's not the first time Lovato has shared unretouched bikini shots on Instagram, showing her cellulite in all its glory. In September 2019, her "celluLIT" photo inspired legions of her fans to post their own unedited pictures.

We're glad to see Lovato not just embracing so-called body flaws like cellulite and stretch marks (both totally normal things that 90% of women, and many men, have) but calling them out as signs of the good place she's in right now.

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