The last time we saw Demi Lovato on a major cover, it was Cosmo, and her body didn’t look recognizable. I thought it was a tricksy angle on her face, as well, but she’s more recognizable in that one than here:
The outfit is magazine-edgy; it’s not great, but it actually serves its purpose pretty well. The blouse under it is a weird mismatch that works in a fashion-spread context better than it would if she walked out with it and went to the store. The rings and the dark nail polish are totally up my street, and I also love that they’ve managed a bold lip and bold eyes without them looking crazy, and it’s amazing to see her freckles. All of that is good; she looks grown-up and polished. But it’s true that this doesn’t look like her either. She looks like herself crossed with Olivia Munn, mixed with “Oh, I know that girl… I think … Is she on a CW show? No, that’s… huh, maybe she just looks like someone I went to college with.” Obviously that’s where her name right by her head comes in really handy, and for that reason it matter somewhat LESS whether she looks instantly like Demi Lovato. This is a totally cute person. Is she the cute person I conjure in my mind when I think of Demi Lovato? Not entirely, and I think it’s because Glamour may have shaved off some of her chin and cheeks, basing it off a photo taken on Sept. 24. I love Demi’s face and don’t think she needs any adjustments made; maybe Glamour just played the contouring game, but I’m not so sure.
The article is a Q&A which touches on a lot of things, namely every young singer’s favorite topic: Growing up and addressing sexuality in their art when people were so used to them being child stars.
DL: I was judgmental of artists who were exploring their sexuality, and I thought, Why are they doing that? They don’t have to. They’ve got a good voice.
GLAMOUR: Like who?
DL: Christina Aguilera, during Dirrty [in 2002]. I thought, Her mom’s gonna hear that—how is she not embarrassed? Now I realize these artists were embracing a part of life I should be OK singing about as well. There’s nothing wrong with a woman being proud of an element of her life that’s talked about in rap music all the time! We don’t have music that talks about sexuality from a female standpoint. [...] it would be such a big deal. We live in an imbalanced society when it comes to encouraging male sexuality and discouraging female sexuality. In 20 years I hope we’ll look back like, ‘Wow, that’s how it used to be.’
And you’ve doubtless heard tell of the bit where she side-eyes Taylor Swift’s squad. It’s a long piece, so I’ll excerpt it after the jump: