Demi Lovato's Unedited Bikini Pic Is a Love Letter to Herself

...and every other woman who has ever felt ashamed of her body.

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It's been a little over a year since Demi Lovato reportedly suffered a heroin overdose. Initially, it wasn't clear if she would survive, but thanks to her doctors and the decision to check herself into a treatment facility, the singer and actress is slowly recovering.

For Lovato, part of that recovery is learning to love herself, which is something pretty much everyone struggles with at some point. The 27-year-old posted an unedited picture of herself in a bikini on Instagram, admitting that past photos were edited and she would restrict her diet so much that she would feel guilty about having cake on her birthday. Now, she calls her cellulite "cellulit," and says she's "unashamed, unafraid, and proud to own a body that fought through so much."

Read her inspiring caption:

Celebs including Debby Ryan, Ashley Graham, and Hailey Bieber praised Lovato in the comments.

"Showing us YOU is so incredibly beautiful," Graham wrote. "Thank you Demi! Love you Mama!"

"YES," Bieber said followed by five fire emojis. "U LOOK INCREDIBLE."

Even Lovato's manager Scooter Braun showed his support: "YOU did this. YOU. YOU are amazing...YOU are are are are brave...and you are kind. And I'm proud of YOU. Hell I'm proud to know YOU! Bravo for loving YOU first and in turn inspiring millions."

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I wish we always had celebs like Lovato writing these types of posts. As she mentions in her caption, she hopes to inspire someone to appreciate their body, so if you share this with at least one friend you love today, then you've done your job.

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