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Demi Lovato: 'Latin roots helped me love my body'

Pop star Demi Lovato credits her Mexican heritage with helping her embrace her curvy figure.

The Skyscraper hitmaker suffered from an eating disorder as a teen, and since overcoming her battle with bulimia, she has become an advocate for positive body images, especially among young girls.

However, in an interview with Glam Belleza Latina magazine, Lovato admits it took her a long time to fully embrace her curvy new body.

She says, "Growing up in America, I never really appreciated my culture. I knew what being Hispanic was, but I thought that since I didn't look Hispanic, I was white.

"I tried to conform to what everyone thinks is beautiful, but my genetics gave me a curvy figure, and I've come to understand that in the Latina culture, that is beautiful. I no longer look at my body and think, 'Oh my gosh, I have such a fat butt.' Or, 'I hate my thighs.' On some days I don't love them. But, you know, that's one of the things that makes me me."

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