Demi Lovato: “I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body”


Demi Lovato recently opened up to Glamour Magazine about body image, the lack of normal bodies in Taylor Swift’s squad and feminism:

On the negative response to her “Body Say” images:

You don’t say anything, because you can never win. Whether they’re saying that you’re ugly, or that you’re a whore, or that you’re a bad role model, or something else, you’re never gonna win.

On exploring sexuality in her image and music:

We live in an imbalanced society when it comes to encouraging male sexuality and discouraging female sexuality. In 20 years I hope we’ll look back like, Wow, that’s how it used to be.

Question: You’ve said before, in regard to Taylor Swift, “Don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work.” How do you see yourself doing the work?

Just speaking out. I’m not afraid to talk about the fact that women get paid less than men in the United States and how unfair that is. Talking about it at all is doing the work. And I think every woman does her part in some way. But I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand. To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body. It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it’s not real.

Question: Well, there are many kinds of “normal” bodies. I think what you’re getting at is there’s just one type of body in that squad.

It’s not realistic. And I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment. We all do things that aren’t, but I have to ask myself, Am I content with calling myself a feminist? Yes, because I speak out.

Question: Do things besides a busy schedule still trigger you?

Yeah, of course. Seeing cocaine in movies. I’ve never watched The Wolf of Wall Street. I can’t. I don’t like to go out to clubs, because I find myself seeing remnants of drugs in the bathroom. I did the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special, and being surrounded by supermodels’ bodies was triggering to me. I remember asking, “How do you maintain your figure?” Some said, “I really have to work at it.” Others said, “It’s genetics.” It was interesting to hear that it wasn’t through unhealthy [behaviors]. It was a great learning experience. I still felt sexy, having a different body than these women. I had Wilmer there, who loved my curves—that helped.

Taylor Swift’s squad that lacks normal bodies, according to Demi:

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30 thoughts on “Demi Lovato: “I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body””

  1. “To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body. It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it’s not real.”
    — How is this not body shaming? Demi is so against body shaming, but by saying none of the women who are friends with Taylor Swift have normal bodies she is shaming them for their bodies.

    Demi needs to stop. She continues to make herself look like a petty b!tch who can’t handle others being more popular than her. Demi isn’t being a “good feminist” by trying to tear down, not only Taylor, but her friends. She really needs to step out of the spot light and take a long look at herself.

    • Taylor swift hangs out with white skinny models, who have been the default beauty for the last 200 years. She represents white privilege, even in her feminism, which is about 20 years behind current issues.

      • I never said Taylor was a great feminist. I just don’t think you should scream that you are a “good feminist who is against body shaming” and then turn around and shame other women for their bodies. While a lot of Taylor’s friends are skinny white models, it doesn’t mean one should shame their bodies for not being what is “normal” in your eyes.

        She could have worded things better and say that Taylor’s “squad” isn’t all that diverse. She didn’t have to call their bodies abnormal. But at the same time, what the hell does Taylor’s “squad’s” bodies have to do with feminism??

        • Where exactly am I shaming women and their bodies? Please explain. I pointed out that her media presence is almost exclusively white, skinny models, and if anyone is going to mention shaming and Taylor in the same breath, let’s not forget her tone on women and girls in her songs.

          • My “you” was used as a general you. Someone, meaning Demi, shouldn’t claim to be anti-body shaming and then turn around and do it herself. I didn’t mean you personally.

            And yes, Taylor has written some songs that aren’t nice to other women (some when she was young and as since apologized for) but feminism doesn’t mean be nice to every single woman. Its about about wanting equality. So, I don’t understand why Demi body shamed Taylor’s squad in the name of calling out Taylor’s brand of feminism.

  2. The more she speaks – the less i like her. She tries so hard to appear positive, but she just reeks insecurity and bitterness Imo

  3. I’m not sure what to say about her comments. I can’t stand T. Swift’s “squad,” but I’m not sure Demi really needs to be talking about this. I just wanted to say that she looks so beautiful on the cover! I love her freckles and she looks great with straight hair.

  4. I can’t help but feel like she wouldn’t give a damn if she had the same body as them, so she doesn’t sound too genuine to me, just jealous.
    That squad isn’t telling her she should look like them, she’s the one who’s projecting her own insecurities onto them.

  5. I think she’s making the right decision to take a break because she’s clearly having a hard time in the industry and social media is making things worse. As far as feminists go, Demi is the person who shames other people for being feminists after she did while hypocritically bashing others online and Taylor is a capitalist posing as a feminist to make money while she bullies other women under the guise of writing her experiences. I would prefer if I didn’t have to hear about either of them for a long period of time. I have to say that this generation of pop stars are way too sensitive and they can’t handle any criticism whatsoever. I feel like Demi, Selena, Justin, and Taylor are always in the media whining about something.

  6. Taylor Swift and her “squad” are the most fake, stupid and annoying thing there is. However, Demi’s reaction is giving her trouble. Again. I don’t fully disagree with the things she says, but does she have to say them? Couldn’t she have said it differently?

    Demi looks absolutely gorgeous here! But it seems like she is on the edge of a nervous break down. Last time she punched someone to realize she needed to go to rehab. I think she needs some time of again… I was always a fan (yeah Miley, Selena and Demi were my guilty pleasure as a teen). And she is really talented. I wish her the best on her break….

  7. Actually Demi’s body isn’t very common or “normal” either – as in, she has a small defined waist but thick legs. Lots of girls tend to be either slim all over or stocky all over – so calling a bunch of slim girls not “normal” sounds bitter and insecure. Now if they all looked like the Kardashians, then I guess what she’s saying makes sense. But since she thinks the Kardashians are body positive role models just because they’re (fake -) curvy, she’s not going to say anything about them despite them being so plastic. And instead chooses to tear down a bunch of young celebs. The whole squad thing is kinda ridiculous, sure, but nobody should EXPECT a group of friends (high profile or otherwise) to make sure there’s a token curvy/stocky/skinny friend in the “squad”. Thats really dumb.

    Also, last time I checked Uzo Aduba isn’t super slim – and she’s in the squad. where is the logic here.

  8. My “normal body” isn’t like Demi’s body. What does she mean? She may have her own insecurities but just shut up already.

    • The interviewer was wise to correct her to say there is no “normal” body.

      I do get her point that there is no diversity in Taylor Swift’s “squad” and that its no coincidence they are all within societally accepted norms of beauty.

  9. Much prettier without caked foundation when you can see her freckles.
    Tacky tattoos.
    I agree with her speaking out and bringing awareness to eating disorders rather then denying and putting it under the rug, but that being said, is she not bringing down other women by her comments on T Swifts squad? Essentially she is shaming them for their body types saying they arent realistic or normal… maybe that is their normal body? Not everyone has Demis body or is thick… just saying.

  10. I like her outfit on the first photo.

    I know she’s receiving a lot of hate lately, but I agree with what she said. Not in the sense that the girls on the squad have “abnormal” bodies, but in the sense that the lack of diversity IS abnormal and clique like. I think that’s what she meant.

    T. Swift’s brand of feminism has little to do with actual feminism, that’s true. It might be ironic because Demi is criticizing her, but I think they’re valid critiques and I’m glad someone is doing it.

  11. hold on… so the reporter was asking her about the topic of feminism…….how did she jump to the squad/ body image topic????? she sounds jealous and insecure (to me!!! in my opinion)

  12. She made some valid points, but it does hint of I wish I could be included in the clique as oppose to cliques are unnecessary and wrong. She looks really nice in the pics since she wasn’t completely caked out in make-up when she is on stage. As far as her wanting to take a break from the spotlight, I think it has a lot to do with her break-up. Say what you like about Wilmer but he was there for her during her recovery and has helped her hold it together since. It was hinted that the relationship was very much him guiding her. Maybe she did need to leave if it had devolved to that but it’s clear she still needs it. Hope she isn’t going to relapse into her old ways…………

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