Demi Lovato is the latest pop star to go nude pre-album release, but she's taking it a step further than her predecessors. Not only did Demi skip clothes for her latest photo shoot with Vanity Fair, but she went makeup-free and chose not to have the photos retouched either.
According to Vanity Fair photographer Patrick Ecclesine, the photo shoot was totally spontaneous - it was actually Demi's idea. During a chance encounter and conversation with Ecclesine, Demi had a light bulb moment:
"I'm about to launch an album that finally represents who I truly am. How do I embrace this new chapter in my life? How do I really walk the walk? What does it mean to be confident? It means letting go, being authentic, saying I don't give a f*** and this is who I am. I want to show the side of me that's real, that's liberated, that's free."
Demi then suggested a spontaneous, "totally raw" photo shoot, with the only rules being no clothes, no makeup, no "fancy lighting," and no retouching. The resulting images of Demi posing against a bathtub, in a shower, and across a hotel bed embody confidence, which is something she talks a lot about in the short video VF posted to accompany the photos.
"It's empowering and it shows other women that you can get to a place where you can overcome the obstacles of body image issues and you can feel comfortable and confident in your own skin," Demi said in the vid. "In the past I suffered from eating disorders and I basically went from hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out ways to love myself in the skin that I'm in."
Check out Demi's full statement in the vid below. Her 5th album, Confident, drops on October 16th.