Original reporting by Chantel Morel
Demi Lovato has kept a low profile ever since she left rehab late last year. She’s been on social media now and again, so she’s definitely not hiding and we love seeing her out and about, traveling, working, and taking care of herself. Yesterday, Lovato made a huge splash by posting a revealing image that she admitted was hard for her to do, but also very necessary.
The image was a travel picture from her vacation in Bora Bora back in May. During the time of her vacation, she did post some incredible shots of herself at the beach in an animal print bikini. Yesterday’s post showed Lovato from another angle: her backside.
“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULITE!!!!” Lovato shared that the previous images of herself in her bikini were photoshopped, but wanted to post another one that revealed her true self.
“I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited — and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.”
She added, “Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too…I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too.”
She finished her post by adding the hashtag #nationalcelulliteday. We’re so happy that Demi Lovato is embracing her body and embracing the skin she’s in, inspiring other young women to do the same.
Unfortunately, Lovato isn’t the only woman who has experienced trolls commenting on their bodies and giving unsolicited advice. We’ve rounded up some other fierce Latinas who are putting the trolls in their place!
When Steffano Gabbana called the singer “ugly” in an Instagram comment, her fans came to her defense but she remained totally quiet about the incident until she proudly rocked a hairpin that said “UGLY” in diamond bedazzled glory. She was out and about at NYFW, after sitting front row at the Coach show when she made the statement without saying a word.
When you’re living in the spotlight it’s easy to become a target for body-shaming — especially from trolls just waiting to project their own insecurities on you. Sadly, we live in a society, which for decades has been ruled by unrealistic body ideals, and for celebrities, the pressure to look “perfect” is even higher. Too often when celebrities don’t fit this idea of the “perfect body,” haters are quick to point out their “flaws,” but many celebs have taken these hateful moments and have turned them into an opportunity to take a stance and promote body positivity instead.
In 2015 body-shamers also came after Gomez, accusing her of gaining weight after pictures of the star in a hot pink bikini while vacationing in Mexico surfaced. However, the 24-year-old actress/singer didn’t let those hateful comments get her down. Instead, Gomez responded by posting a fierce swimsuit pic of herself on Instagram captioned, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove.”
Model Denise Bidot has always been a strong proponent of being true to yourself and body positivity. “It was the first time ever that a curvy Latina woman has been put as a lead and I think that’s really important when we talk about diversity and when we talk about inclusivity and representation,” Bidot said about her historic New York Fashion Week moment in an interview with Hiplatina.
“While skin color and everything matters — size does too. It’s a show that for so long has been very one-sided. But also, it’s wonderful to think that all the progress and work that we’ve done in the fashion industry and in the film industry is now seeping into a network like Univision. I’m also proud of what we’re doing because they eliminated the size restriction, the age restriction and in doing so they have allowed talent to shine bright and they’ve allowed women to feel confident and feel beautiful and feel understood and I think that’s what we want for all women right [now] regardless of how old they are and so this season there’s going to be a lot of changes.”
Dascha Polanco hasn’t been one to shy away from speaking the truth when it comes to the issues of body image in Hollywood.
So when TV host Raúl De Molina decided to criticize Polanco’s appearance at the 2016 People en Español’s 50 Most Beautiful Party, you can bet that she had one powerful response. At the party, Polanco ended up having a twin dress moment with Venezuelan TV host Daniela di Giacomo, which De Molina then stated that the dress looked better on di Giacomo.
Polanco then responded on social media saying, “It’s really tasteless to come across today that a host of @univision @elgordoylaflaca has used poor choices of words that have become offensive. They have created an environment in which it has ignited bullying across their platforms & has instigated against my weight due to the same dress being worn by one of their host and I last night. Interesting that they chose to glorify something so superficial like this, and not focus on the issues Latinos face in Hollywood. I don’t get how they allow their reporters to use profanity to make noise. #ismellgood #ieatbullies #OffensiveFoul #siempreyo #gordayto #estacurvasnuncasevanaenderezar.”
When it comes to body-shaming, hate can come from all angles. Recently, Jennifer Lopez posted a mirror selfie on Instagram showing off her ripped bod and the online trolls quickly came out to comment. Bullies commented on J.Lo’s image accusing the star of photoshopping the image.
However, J.Lo quickly put these haters in their place. Within the comments section, Lopez responded, “Omg…just a smudge on the mirror…lol…not photoshop,#lordblessthehaters #gymrat #youshouldtryit #wishtherewasaphotoshopforhaters.”
Last year, she also opened up about the time she was told to lose weight.
“My generation was very much focused on size 0 models,” Lopez said in Instyle magazine. “It was just so unattainable for most normal people, including me. My mom and my grandmother were the ones who drilled into me, ‘This is how we are, and this is what’s beautiful.’ My dad loved my mom’s body — all the men in our family loved the women’s bodies. Being curvy or not being 6 feet tall was never a bad thing; it was actually something that was celebrated. And so, later on, when I brought that in front of the world, I wasn’t really trying to send a message. I was just being myself.”
Jillian Mercado is one of our favorite body positivity role models. She exudes confidence and honesty in every single image. We love how open she is about her disability and has no issues with putting people in their place.
“There are so many things I’ve learned even having a disability myself. What I hear is basically that it’s a personal preference,” she said in an interview with HipLatina. “I think it’s important to ask a person beforehand if they are comfortable with you calling them something. I know handicapped is deleted. No one should ever be saying that or special. My blood boils when I hear that. But again, some people like it and some people don’t. I personally don’t. I am a person who has a disability. That’s who I am. The same way I am a person who has brown eyes and that’s it.”
Last year, Eiza González got ridiculed for showing her true self while on vacation. The stunning actress wore a bikini and some cellulite was visible, but who doesn’t have cellulite?
González took to Instagram to shut down the haters. “See how they use my body while also invading my privacy, feels like a physical violation,” she wrote. “What a shame that we live in a society that believes they can use a woman’s body for the entertainment of yellow notes and satisfy their insecurities. I feel secure despite your prejudices. And even if I had cellulite or not, no one has the right to bully or embarrass someone out of absolutely nothing. Thank God they do it to someone like me who feels full. How many people do not live by mocking and attacking others and causing traumas to young girls and boys? What message and example are we sending to the youth with their prejudices and deductions of others? I wish them inner peace and what saddens me the most is that in my country, my people, are always the ones who attack me the most. We will never change Mexico.”
Camila Mendes is not shy when it comes putting herself out there and that includes her body. The best part, she doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
“I probably would show my tits to anybody,” Mendes said in an interview with Nylon. That may not seem like the most empowering or articulate thing to read in a celebrity cover interview but if you read on you’ll see why the 24-year-old’s stance on body image is actually a lot more refreshing than it may initially seem.
“I actually would probably do that. I really don’t care. It’s just this genuine, yea, these are my boobs. Is there a problem? I don’t understand what the problem is,” she adds. “I am very open just in general with people. I’m also willing to talk about anything at any given moment in time. I thrive off that. I have to actively try to keep things private. My first instinct is to be open. Most of the time, I’m like, ‘Fuck it!. I’m just going to talk about this.’ I am not precious about a lot of stuff. I am just the type of person who enjoys connecting with people over absolutely anything.”
Newly married Gina Rodriguez has openly discussed her struggle with food and diet with the public. She works out to stay fit, however, she hasn’t always felt the most accepting of her body and how her weight fluctuates. In 2017, when she was featured on the cover of Shape magazine. She discussed how she has to embrace the fact that she can’t always be so rigorous about working out.
“As an actress, there are so many pressures to look a certain way and fit into a sample size,” she said in the magazine. “But I’ve got to embrace the fact that when I’m shooting Jane, I can’t work out as much. My body is going to look different and that’s OK. I’m not willing to wring the joy from my life to kill myself in the gym.”
Camila Cabello who looks amazing all the time still has to come for haters on Instagram. Recently, people tried to shame her for the little cellulite she showed in a couple of images.
“Honestly, the first thing I felt was super insecure just IMAGINING what these pictures must look like, oh no! My cellulite! Oh no! I didn’t suck in my stomach!” Cabello wrote. “But then I was like… of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles, my body’s not made of fucking rock, or all muscle, for that matter, but the saddest part of young girls growing up in an airbrushed world is they’re seeking a perfection that’s not real. “I’m writing this for girls like my little sister who are growing up on social media,” she wrote on Instagram. “They’re constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that’s reality, and everyone’s eyes get used to seeing airbrushed skin, and suddenly they think THAT’S the norm. ?!!! It isn’t. It’s fake. AND FAKE IS BECOMING THE NEW REAL. We have a completely unrealistic view of a woman’s body. Girls, cellulite is normal, fat is normal. It’s beautiful and natural.”