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We're celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with Future Hispanic History Month, which will highlight rising stars who are creating history before our very eyes. Today we turn to Demi Lovato, a pop star who, along with delivering big hooks and must-see performances, has committed to improving the world around her and sharing her own struggles as a means to encourage others.

Following her Disney Channel stints on Sonny with a Chance and Camp Rock, as well as two tween-friendly albums released, Lovato’s personal struggles with depression, eating disorders and self-harm became well-documented. Thankfully, Lovato decided not to shy away from these serious issues, and quickly became an advocate for those wrestling with similar problems (specifically young women) along with mental health awareness. On “Skyscraper,” her first post-recovery single, Lovato sang, “Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper.”

Since then, Lovato has scored hit after hit, from “Give Your Heart a Break” to “Heart Attack” to “Cool For the Summer” to “Confident,” while headlining arenas and scoring major television opportunities. Yet most importantly, Lovato has stayed true to herself and her causes, championing the road to recovery and embracing fans with mental health issues. Demi is not just the future of National Hispanic Heritage Month—she’s the future of celebrities who are willing to stand up and fight for communities that are not often heard by the mainstream. For Demi fans, it’s always been about more than the music—although the music is still pretty great, too.