Demi Lovato, unofficial queen of the body positivity movement, called out a fan artist who altered her body in a portrait he drew of her as a mermaid. "That's not my body," she wrote. In response, she got trolled and body shamed, because the internet is not a friendly place for women or mermaids, apparently.
The above portrait of Demi Lovato as a mermaid was shared by 17-year-old Romanian artist Vladimir Serbanescu on Instagram.
"Half human, Half fish" he wrote in the caption. "Please TAG her and feel free to repost."
The image was recently re-posted and caught Lovato's attention, and she wasn't psyched about it. "Is that how my boobs should look?" she commented on the post, adding: "It's gorgeous but that's not my body."
Lovato is years in recovery from an eating disorder, has worked hard to overcome body image issues, and has championed the body positivity movement. So it makes sense she wouldn't want to see her body distorted and her curves diminished, even in a surrealist portrait.
“I’ve been open about my struggles because part of my recovery includes being honest with myself and others, and I’m inspired to use my success as a platform to help others suffering,” the singer told BuzzFeed last year.
The artist was pretty upset about Lovato's comment, understandably, since he's 17 and an artist. He re-uploaded the picture with this caption:
If I make your waist slimmer and your boobs bigger to accentuate the fact that I drew you as a mermaid, a mythological creature, doesn’t mean I say that you should look like that or all girls should look like that. That’s how I imagine mermaids. I worked a lot on that drawing and i was proud of it, but not anymore.
Not all of the responses to Lovato's comment were this self-deprecating. One tweet went viral that read "Chill, I have fixed for you" next to an altered image of the mermaid pic.
Lovato just wants to be portrayed as the naturally curvy mermaid with normal human breasts that she was born to be. Can we let her live, internet??