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10 Times Demi Lovato Proved Herself a Rockin' Role Model

From body positivity to dealing with naysayers, here are the most inspirational things the 'Confident' singer has ever said

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On Addiction

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress/singer Demi Lovato attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Augus
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As we await the release of Demi Lovato's Confident, we explore just how the singer lives up to the title. We can learn a lot from Lovato; here are the 10 most inspirational things she's ever said.

"There are several things. With addiction, there are times that people think 'Well why doesn't this person just stop drinking?' or 'Why doesn't this person just eat something?' for people who have eating disorders. It's not that simple. If it were, so many people wouldn't be struggling with it. Lives wouldn't be lost. I wish that people could understand that the brain is the most important organ in your body. Just because you can't see it like you could see a broken bone doesn't mean it's not as detrimental and devastating to a family or an individual." 

via the Huffington Post

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On Looking to Women for Inspiration

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Demi Lovato performs onstage during the Time Warner Cable 2015 MTV VMA concert to benefit L
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"My current life motto: 'If Beyoncé can do it, I can do it.' If she can work out, have the incredible body she has, have a kid, and be as successful as she is, then I sure as hell can, too. I'm also really inspired by other women in the spotlight right now who are embracing their curves. Say what you will about the Kardashians, but they've really helped make curvy bodies beautiful again. It's so nice to look around and see women with hips and a butt, like Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez. They have great figures, but you know they also work really hard for them and don't try to hide their curviness."

via Fitness magazine

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On Mental Health vs. Physical Health

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Singer Demi Lovato performs onstage at The Daytime Village during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Fe
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"You know, it's funny. I keep hearing the terms 'mental illness' and 'physical illness.' But in reality, your brain is an organ. So it is actually a physical illness."

via the Huffington Post

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On Body Positivity

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Singer Demi Lovato performs onstage at The Daytime Village during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Fe
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"I keep hearing this 'thigh gap' thing and when you hear it so many times it starts to get embedded into your head. I think it’s important that somebody says, 'Hey if you don’t have this, it doesn’t mean that you’re not beautiful and it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a beautiful body.' I don’t naturally have one, but I feel really confident in my shape and I’ve worked on it and gotten to a really healthy place. I know that I may not have one, but I’ve come really far and I’m proud of the body that I’m in today—and I just want women to feel that way as well."

via Latina magazine

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On Destigmatizing Mental Illness

CINCINNATI - JUL 11: Demi Lovato performs during the 2015 MLB All-Star Concert at Paul Brown Stadium on July 11, 2015 in Cinc
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"It's so unfortunate. I think the more people vocalize what they're going through—their experience or just simply educating themselves so that they can learn more about what they're talking about—that's going to be the key to creating a conversation about mental illness and making it more understood. There's a lack of compassion for people who have mental illnesses and there's a lot of judgment. Once you make people realize that mental illness can happen to anybody—and it's not anybody's fault—then I think they'll become more understanding of what mental illness really is."

via Huffington Post

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On Feeling Beautiful

"If there's anyone out here tonight that doesn't feel beautiful enough, or doesn't feel worthy enough ... You're wrong. Because you guys are all so incredible. And if you're dealing with any of the issues that I've dealt with, don't be afraid to speak up, because someone will be there for you. And if you think you're alone, put on my music, because I'm going to be there for you."

via YouTube

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On Female Empowerment

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01: Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato performs during Demi Lovato's Debut of her New Single, "Cool for the Su
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On Going Past the Darkness

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Presenter Demi Lovato speaks onstage at the 2nd Annual unite4:humanity presented by ALCATEL ON
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"If you are going through that dark period, go to your family and closest friends. Don't put yourself in danger. It's very crucial that you get your feelings out—but don't ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything."

via Seventeen

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On Originality

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Demi Lovato performs on the Pepsi Stage, during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
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"If you don't love yourself for your flaws and imperfections, you can't expect anyone else to either. We are each made differently, so find whatever flaw or imperfection you have and start embracing it because it's part of you. Be proud of your originality. There's no one else in the world that's like you."

via Demi Lovato's book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year

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On Self-Reflection

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Singer Demi Lovato performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden
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