The “Confident” singer, who has long championed self-love and spoken out against body shaming, called out one of her own fans for his rendering of a sexy promotional photo for her latest single “Body Say.”
The original image of the 23-year-old singer has Lovato laying nude — though mostly covered by sheets — on her stomach, in bed. The fan drawing, created by Romanian portrait artist and illustrator Vladimir Serbanescu, on the other hand, reimagines the Disney Channel alum as a sultry mermaid.
“Is that how my boobs should look?” she wrote on the artist’s Instagram post. “It’s gorgeous but that’s not my body.”
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. @ddlovato. The coments are from @sexlikelovato_’s post #demilovato
A photo posted by V L A D I (@vladyart) on Sep 29, 2016 at 9:30pm PDT
While the 17-year-old artist’s drawing leaves significantly less to the imagination than the image that inspired him, the artist had no qualms about firing back at the pop star.
“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 you should look like that,” he wrote in a separate Instagram post. “That’s how I imagine mermaids. I worked a lot on this drawing and I was proud of it, but not anymore.”
Social media users were quick to jump to the artist’s defense.
And if my body had a say I would come again #BodySay
A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Jun 30, 2016 at 8:00pm PDT
“Honestly you should know better,” one fan wrote beneath Lovato’s comment. “You clearly have no respect if you’re going to make comments to someone who probably spent HOURS drawing you …”
Another added: “It’s a mermaid. Maybe you should use random people you see throughout the day for inspiration. I feel they’d be prettier both inside and out…”