It's possible that no pop star in history has displayed more candor and openness over the course of their career than Demi Lovato.
But it seems that despite admirable confessions about her substance abuse issues and eating disorders, the singer hasn't always been completely honest with her fans -- and she's trying to correct that now.
Back in May, Demi posted some bikini pics from her vacation to Bora Bora.
But it seems those photos didn't tell the whole story.
Last night, in one of her most candid Instagram posts to date, Lovato revealed that the images had been retouched.
She then revealed an unedited pic from the same vacation along with a lengthy caption describing her mindset:
"This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!!" Demi wrote.
"I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got," the 27-year-old added.
"Here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.
"It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit."
(The "back on TV" comment seems to refer to Demi's recurring role on the new season of Will & Grace.)
"I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too," she concluded.
She added the hashtags:
Is National Cellulite Day really a thing? It is now, muh f--kas!
Of course, as many commenters have pointed out, Demi still possesses many of the qualities prized by Superficial America.
In fact, if you subscribe to the Sir Mix-a-Lot school of aesthetics (and really, who doesn't?), you may find this photo more appealing that Demi's previous bikini pics.
Really, what we're looking at is an embarrassment of riches, and to some folks, Demi's confessional caption might inspire about as much sympathy as the guy who complains that the vast estate he inherited in his youth often made him feel alienated from his peers.
Still, our insecurities are our insecurities, and the effort to confront them head-on should always be applauded.
Of course, Demi might not need any applause, as it appears she has no difficulty making it clap.
We'll show ourselves out.