I’ve just updated the gallery by adding more photos from the SNL photoshoot, along with another photo from the N.Y.C. Color photoshoot and I’ve also added a portrait session from September 2015 while Demi was in Stockholm.
Demi performed at Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Iowa last week and I’ve added photos into the gallery.
Demi Lovato, Allure’s February cover star, has been modeling attitude and independence for years. She is the antithesis of the sugarcoated pop star, with her slashed jet-black hair and constellation of tattoos. And while she’s hardly the first star to rebel against her Disney roots, she was one of the first to speak candidly about her demons.
In 2009, photos surfaced showing Lovato with cutting scars on her wrist, and a year later, she sought treatment for bulimia. In 2010, while on tour with the Jonas Brothers, Lovato made headlines for punching a backup dancer while traveling to Peru; she checked herself into a rehab facility shortly thereafter. Ultimately, she decided to come forward and address the issues. “I realized I could help people,” she says. When a young star shares the unvarnished truth, she adds, “it creates a conversation—there’s an opening for children themselves to actually come forward and say, ‘This is what I’m dealing with.’ Or ‘I have a problem. I need help.'”
In the years since then, Lovato has incorporated her struggles into her music and her message, talking about her battles with anorexia and bulimia, self-harm, and drug abuse. (In 2013, two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she wrote a New York Times best-seller, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year [Faiwel & Friends].) Along the way, she has gotten both support and criticism for her outspokenness. “I’ll have people who are like, ‘Stop talking about eating disorders. Like, we get it. You struggled. Now shut up,'” she says, unfazed. “I’m sure they get tired of reading about it, because I get tired of talking about it, but this summer I started wearing sexier stuff, and I got some hate for that—like, ‘You’ve changed.'” She smiles at the irony. “It’s like, What’s wrong with being confident enough to wear this?”
It’s a refrain that has struck a chord with fans of all ages and particularly with young women, who, more and more, are idolizing bold, unapologetic, tough-girl heroines. And Lovato’s latest style evolution is as much of a declaration as her music itself. “I’ve never felt as confident in my skin as I do today,” says Lovato. “A year ago, on tour, almost every inch of my body was covered by clothing, and it was because I was hiding behind so many layers. Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin. I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It’s also a statement, like, ‘Hey, watch out. You’re no longer getting the insecure Demi that you’ve been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now.'”
Maybe it’s her Disney training, but at times, Lovato sounds a bit like the star of her own ABC Afterschool Special. She is hyperaware of her role-model duties and has no shortage of learned lessons to share, especially when it comes to staying healthy, in body and in mind. She is a big proponent of self-care—hence the foot massages. On the road, she exercises regularly and relies on a nutritionist to send her meals. “My food choices don’t rule my life anymore,” she says.
Where other celebrities are quick to team up with luxury brands, or release limited-edition collaborations that sell out so fast they end up going for thousands on eBay, Demi Lovato is proving she’s one hell of a savvy businesswoman. In a move that shows she clearly gets her fans, the singer just teamed up with NYC cosmetics to design her own makeup collection, Lovatics by Demi. And there isn’t a single item in the line that’s over $5.
As for the products, they’re on par with the rest of your drugstore faves. Think basics such as volumizing mascara ($4.99), three different shades of lip and cheek tints ($3.99), a versatile eyeshadow palette that’s made for day-to-night wear ($4.99), and an eyebrow pencil with a grooming brush ($1.99)—an obvious choice seeing that pretty much everyone wants her power brows right now. (The secret, FYI, is to brush the hairs at the inner corner of the brow straight up. It makes them look stronger and fuller.) All will be available at Target and Walmart stores later this month.
Considering you can buy the entire collection for $16, not even half of what most celebrity collabs cost, there’s really no reason not to try them. Especially when you’ve got a gorgeous photo like the above for inspiration.
I’ve just updated the gallery with a couple more photoshoots, as well as Demi’s appearance at the Stella McCartney Autumn Presentation and a performance with Elton John from earlier this week.
• Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 128
• Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 129
• Photoshoots > Press Conferences > Press Conference in Norway
• Events > 2016 > Jan 12 | Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 Presentation
• Performances > 2016 > Jan 13 | Island Life Presents Elton John And His Band At the Wiltern