Demi Lovato is such a strong young woman!
The 22-year-old "Really Don't Care" singer, who struggled with an eating disorder for several years, took to Instagram after the 2014 MTV VMAs to post an image of herself through the years showing how she's come to truly accept her body.
"This picture makes me feel so many mixed emotions. I remember the day I wore the dress in the very first picture. I remember asking for spanx to flatten my stomach because I use to feel so heavy and 'fat.' Now looking at this picture, you can clearly see my hip bones," Lovato wrote.
"It makes me sad because I wasted so many years ashamed of my body when I could've been living the happy and healthy life I live today. It TRULY just goes to show you that your perceptions can lie to you. OR they can make you learn to enjoy life," she continued.
"Fortunately looking at the picture of myself in the red dress yesterday, I not only feel so grateful for the love and support I've had from fans, friends and family, but... I also feel.. beautiful. I'm so excited to live my life the way I deserve to and to the complete fullest. Thank you guys once again.. I'm so thankful for my Lovatics. I love you... And never forget that staying strong is worth it."
We love it! Take a look at the photo Lovato shared below: