At the end of this past month, singer Demi Lovato posed for a spontaneous, nude photo shoot with Vanity Fair. It was just past midnight when Lovato told photographer, Patrick Ecclesine, that she wanted to do the shoot right then and there.
When nude photo shoots occur, we typically think of them as publicity stunts; we see it as though the celebrity is just trying to bring more attention to themselves. Lovato’s shoot could not have been further from this.
When the singer arrived back at her Manhattan hotel, she sat down next to Ecclesine to discuss her grievance from the death of her great-grandfather the previous day. Lovato decided in the wake of her mourning, it was the perfect time to show her newfound confidence:
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past day, it’s that life is too short. 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. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super-sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.”
Lovato, her assistant, and Ecclesine made their way up to Lovato’s hotel room, barely exchanging words. Ecclesine commented on the shoot, saying they communicated only with “…subtle gestures, nods, and tilts of the head.”
“Lovato had rarely posed nude before, so I had to be respectful of that and tread lightly,” Ecclesine had commented.
The 23-year-old singer only had a few rules about the shoot: no makeup, no retouching, and no clothing. US Magazine reported that Lovato had told Vanity Fair, “I would have never thought that I would have ever gotten to a place in my life where I would have felt comfortable doing that.” She went on to say, “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 yourself.”
Lovato, who has had many struggles in her life ranging from eating disorders to drug issues, wanted to embrace herself and her newfound confidence. The focus of her upcoming album, Confidence, which is set to be released Oct. 16, embodies the confidence she shows off in this shoot.
“I basically went from hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out ways to love myself, love the skin that I’m in. I learned after working very hard on my spirituality and my soul and my body, I learned that you can get to a place where you can love the skin you’re in,” she told Vanity Fair.
It’s relatively safe to say that Lovato was able to communicate her confidence through the shoot. “When I left her at three in the morning, she gave me a quick hug and thanked me for making her feel pretty. I thanked her for her confidence,” Ecclesine had said.
Check out the video of her shoot, along with a few more pictures below: