Demi Lovato Talks To ‘Glamour’ About Her Battle Wounds

Demi Lovato posed for Glamour Magazine’s January 2012 issue, and shared her emotional struggles over the past year.  Posing for photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath in a 3.1 Philip Lim sweater and Vera Wang dress, Eberjay bra, a necklace by TenThousandThings and bracelets from the Ashley Pittman Collection, Lovato gave off a confidence that only comes with learning a few hard life lessons.

On what the world “beautiful” means to her: “Having strength and confidence in yourself. I think that women who know who they are are beautiful.”

On her tattoos: “I think scars are like battle wounds—beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it. My tattoos say “Stay strong.” “Stay” on one [wrist] and “strong” on the other. Now I’m able to look at them and be thankful for being alive. I think that I’ve been blessed over the past year to be able to start over.”

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On her single, “Skyscraper:” “It’s to every person who tried to bring me down. Everyone has the bully or the mean girl or the ex-boyfriend who tried to bring them down. For me, I think of the people who really weren’t there for me when I went into treatment. It was a really dark time for me because I had only a few people—I had surrounded myself with so many artificial friendships. It’s about those people too.”