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Demi Lovato goes colorful with a Just Cavalli dress on the August 2013 issue of Fashion magazine.
The 20-year-old musician opened up to the glossy about landing on the west coast, double standards and X Factor. Check it:
On dealing with double standards: “Guys can be scandalous and not get any crap for it. In my song [“Something We’re Not”], I’m saying, ‘girls, have your fun—don’t let anyone let you feel bad about your actions. Ever.’”
On how moving to L.A. helped her transform: “L.A. has opened my eyes. I learned that ignorance stood in the way of my insight. I wasn’t really being honest with the way I used to live. I was pretending to be a role model during the day and turning into a wild child at night. I could remember word for word what my bullies said to me. Last night I had nightmares about it…just degrading things that hurt me and affected self-esteem. It affected the way I look at girls my age. I used to fear them.”
On how X-Factor is keeping her on her toes: “The show made me a tougher critic and better empathizer. I understand artists a lot more now. I get scared for them because we if they don’t make the right decisions right now or if they don’t have the right people around them, they could put their careers in danger. What they never show [on X-Factor] is me backstage crying with certain contestants. I had to walk off a couple of times too because it gets too emotional for me. They never showed that.”
Demi‘s cover is out on stands on July 8th. Bigger cover inside…
Few will argue that Demi Lovato has been a positive influence on youngsters after speaking honestly and refreshingly about her struggles with an eating disorder and her own body image.
So it’s only fitting that the X Factor mentor shares her thoughts on the challenges her young fans go through—self-esteem, health, relationships—in the latest issue of British Cosmo on Campus, Cosmopolitan’s spin-off mag geared toward students.
And in true Demi fashion, she’s keeping it pretty real.
“I was about 12 or 13 when I developed my eating disorder, and at that time nobody in the public eye talked about their body issues,” the now-20-year-old tells the magazine.
“I feel that if someone had admitted they had a problem, then I wouldn’t have gone down that route myself,” she explains. “That’s my goal in talking about my problems: I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength.”
Part of that strength, she says, comes from accepting who you are, no matter what your shape or how other people perceive you.
“It’s OK to love your body the way it is,” she shares, “and it’s OK to reach out for help if you have drug and alcohol problems, or if you’re self-harming or being bullied.”
The star also opens up about her own past romantic dalliances and how she may have jumped in for the wrong reasons.
“It is very unhealthy when girls devote all of their time to a guy and forget their friends and family,” she says. “I did that. I was always looking for distractions because I was so afraid of being alone.”
Lovato admits she’s in a better place these days “where I can finally trust and love and be a better person for the man I am in a relationship with, instead of being a clingy girlfriend or getting jealous.”
That security, she offers, comes from one place: “Taking care of myself and not focusing on guys.”
She’s doing just that: Lovato shocked celeb watchers when it was revealed last month that’s she’s been living in a sober house in Los Angeles in order to stay the course.
With that kind of grit and resolve, she’s certainly on her way.
Demi Lovato is breathtaking in a TopShop dress in this new shot from her November 2012 cover of Teen Vogue.
The 20-year-old musician opened up to the glossy about her ‘friend cleanse’, Niall Horan, and X Factor. Check it:
On her role as a mentor on X Factor: “There’s so much more to it than just being a talented singer. I’m going to help them mentally prepare for everything that’s coming—like, all these things that have happened to me recently, I really attribute them, in part, to the work that I’ve been doing on myself. The second that I became more centered and aware of who I am, my performances got better, and I was better able to relate to people. For a long time, I was pretending to be someone that I wasn’t, and I was miserable. When I came out and said, “I’m human, I’ve got problems, but I’m willing to share them,” that’s when I started to really connect. I’ve just begun working on my fourth album, and I want to do that in my music too. I’m tired of songs that don’t have much emotion in them.”
On keeping good friends close: “I’m consistently busy, but I make sure I spend a lot of time with my friends and family. I did kind of a friend cleanse right after rehab, where I weeded out people who didn’t have my best interests at heart. Now I have friends who love me for who I am and don’t care about what I’m doing. Most of them aren’t in the industry. Some of them don’t even know my songs!”
On dating rumors between her and Niall: “He’s a really awesome, sweet guy. But he’s not my boyfriend…. I’m in a place right now where I really need to focus on myself. Obviously, I’m still going to like people—or love them—but I need to not be in a relationship for a while because I need to be okay with being alone, first. I’m really happy right now. I never thought it was possible to be happy because of how depressed I was my entire life. But I feel so incredible. It’s like I’m living in a dream.”
Demi Lovato has been making headlines this year, and not just for her role on X Factor. Every time the 19-year-old hits the red carpet, fans can’t stop tweeting about her hair. Blonde, pink, blue, high, low, and even tied up with bondage tape—the girl’s got some serious beauty mojo. We caught up with the star to find out more about her beauty routine and how her newfound confidence has changed her style.
Do you ever wear your hair the same way twice?
“I love changing my hair a lot—I think it’s fun. I used to always want to dye my hair blue and purple and pink when I was younger. But I was busy trying to make it in the industry as an actress, and it was hard to go in for auditions with blue hair. And so when I heard of the dip dye trend, I loved it, and felt like I could finally dye my hair blue. You know you’ve made it when you can dye your hair blue.”
You wear it in a lot of interesting styles too. Have there been any you weren’t sure about?
“I did this twist thing on the top of my head and I was super self conscious about it at first. I didn’t know if I liked it or not. But as I wore it longer I felt more confident. I was a little scared of taking a risk.”
And your favorite style so far?
“At the Teen Choice Awards, my hair was slicked back into a really high ponytail. I used to wear my hair down all the time because I was self conscious about my face being round or something and I feel like long hair sometimes makes you feel taller. But I like wearing my hair up now because I feel more confident and it’s fun.”
How do you take care of it?
“I really love deep conditioning my hair. I use a Wella hair mask and leave it on for five minutes. And I wait as long as I can before I need to wash my hair. I think that’s the best thing girls can do for their hair because washing it a lot makes your scalp really dry.”
You also have amazing skin. What’s your secret?
“I get a facial once every three months from this place called Blue Medi Spa. And I drink a lot of water. But the most important thing is not sleeping in my makeup. I like the Neutrogena face wipes and the Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. Then I use a toner from Mario Badescu. And I moisturize with Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer. I also use night creams from Mario Badescu.”
When you do wear makeup, do you like playing up your eyes or your lips?
“During the summer, I think it’s important to keep your look natural and fresh so I actually accentuate my skin. I do a lot of contouring and highlighting my cheekbones with a mineral bronzer from M.A.C. And I always do my eyebrows. I like to keep them in tip-top shape.”
Do you get your eyebrows done?
“I do them myself, because one time I got them done and the lady nearly took my eyebrows off completely and I’ve been traumatized ever since. To shape them during the day, I’ll use the Anastasia Eyebrow Compact.”
What are your beauty splurges?
“My splurges are only on concealer and foundation. I use a Make Up For Ever concealer and I mix it with an Estée Lauder 12-hour concealer so it stays really well throughout the day—literally 12 hours. For foundation, I use a really light Chanel foundation—the Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup. Everything else I use you could get at a local drugstore.”
Spray tans, eyelash extensions, manicures?
“I get spray tans in the summer when I’m on tour or have red carpet things where I need color really fast. But I don’t like spray tans because when I work out, it gets white around the sports bra area when I sweat. And it gets streaky. It’s just not cute. And I do get manicures, but I only go to places that do really cheap manicures. I feel like overpriced manicures are really overrated. My local nail salon does just as good a job.”
What’s your beauty routine like on X Factor?
“I’m in hair and makeup for an hour and a half to two hours because I like to do my makeup and relax at the same time. I don’t like to feel rushed. And we like to change up my look. Sometimes we’ll go really natural, and sometimes really edgy.”
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve picked up from years of being in the makeup chair?
“The best thing I ever did for myself was switch from glasses to contacts. That helped boost my transition from going from my awkward phase to being confident. I use Acuvue 1-Day Moist contacts (Lovato is a spokesperson for the brand).”
Demi Lovato is surprisingly candid in a new Self Magazine interview, where she talks openly about her past struggles.
Demi also answers the question on so many fans’ minds–are Demi and Selena Gomez still friends?
There was a time when Demi and Selena were absolute BFFs, but somewhere down the line, something changed between them and many believed they had a falling out.
Demi explains, “Selena and I aren’t as close as we used to be, but she’ll always have a place in my heart.”
It happens. Friendships change. But at least it’s good to know that Demi and Selena are still friends.
Demi also shares why she decided to be so public with her rehab treatment, her bi-polar diagnosis, having an eating disorder and why she was cutting herself.
She explains, “When I was younger, stick-figure thin was in and nobody was talking about eating disorders. I want girls to know that it’s OK when they grow up and their body changes. I want them to be aware that certain things they might do to lose weight can be dangerous–life-threatening, even.”
For more of Demi’s interview, read the August 2012 issue of Self Magazine and head over to Self.com for more quotes and a fun slidshow.
The paparazzi aren’t just a nuisance for Demi Lovato, they’re also costing her money — literally!
The X-Factor star dishes to Self magazine about what happens when she’s followed by photogs while shopping. “When there’s a camera taking pictures of me I get so distracted,” the August cover girl tells the magazine. “I end up buying things that are really too expensive.”
Something that she planned to splurge on that turned out to be a waste? Gucci boots on her sixteenth birthday. “I was at the mall and was like, ‘You know what, I worked really hard this year. I haven’t really ever bought an expensive pair of shoes before. I’m going to go for it,’” the star explains. But she added: “So I purchased them and I never wore them once.”
The young starlet, who has struggled with body issues in the past, also reveals how her confidence has changed throughout the years. “I used to feel my most beautiful when I was on the red carpet or at events or something where I’m all dolled up,” she admits. “Now it’s when I’m able to hang out with a guy without my makeup on or lay on the beach with no makeup on and not even worrying about what my hair…When I’m confident enough to show myself without makeup on, that’s when I feel my most confident.”
For more of Lovato’s interview pick up the August issue of Self.
-The one quality Demi definitely won’t tolerate in a guy
-All your love questions answered in 20 words or less
-Foods that give you a flatter tummy
-Crazy-ass questions only Cosmo would ask
-And much more!
Get the scoop in the July issue of Cosmopolitan—buy your copy today!
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Demi Lovato strikes a pose on the cover of Cosmopolitan‘s July issue, on newsstands June 5.
Here’s what the 19-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:
On being diagnosed with bipolar disorder: “I felt relieved when I found out. Like I’m not completely crazy; there’s a medical reason for all of it. It’s a daily thing; you don’t get time off from it. And if I feel myself slipping back into old patterns, I have to ask others for help, which is hard for me to learn, because I really like doing everything on my own.”
On the direction she’d like her personal life to go in: “I want to be married with kids in 10 years.”
On her dating qualifications: “I don’t have many deal breakers. I’ve done so much in my life, it doesn’t feel right to judge other people. Oh, I know one quality I won’t tolerate. I would never be with a guy who is controlling.”
FYI: Demi is wearing a Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel dress with Meira T cuff and earrings.