Demi Lovato Phones Home

“In my personal life, it definitely doesn’t. One of its chief focuses is Lovato’s July 2018 overdose (during a relapse after six years of sobriety) from smoking heroin and ingesting oxycodone laced with fentanyl. But it does take a lot.””In my career, it benefits me to be a perfectionist. “Even though [the album] is not technically a soundtrack to the documentary, it kind of is,” she says. In January, her cover of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” was a highlight of the Biden inauguration. “That’s what I can commit to. Fans are eager to share their own painful stories with her, which can be both an honor and a burden.”It’s draining, yes, and it’s hard,” she says. I know that they mean well, I know that they are confiding in me because they have no one else. But with transparency comes increased scrutiny on already bruised spots, making fame like a snake eating its own tail. “If you were to follow the track listing in order, it really goes to the way my life has played out over the last year.”The album starts out with power ballads chronicling Lovato’s darkest days (“Anyone,” “Dancing with the Devil,” “ICU”), and then moves into her recovery. She has released six chart-topping studio albums, including ubiquitous singles like “Skyscraper,” “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Cool for the Summer.”Both her voice and personality are joyfully outsize — Dancing shows friend and collaborator Christina Aguilera describing Lovato’s trademark “boisterous laugh.” And you see her making spiky jokes with friends, relaxing together in her home’s special “cloud room,” an area featuring a giant fluffy cloud sculpture that this writer wanted very much to eat. It’s a lifestyle choice that does not align with most treatment programs for addiction (to quote Sir Elton John, an addict in recovery and one of Dancing With the Devil’s many colorful talking heads: “Moderation doesn’t work.”) Lovato has lived this way for the past two years. “I think less about the future and music and more about living my truth.”A new album, Dancing with the Devil… Her drug dealer assaulted her while she was incapacitated. And when I went back, my therapist, my eating disorder specialist there, was like, ‘How do you feel with food recovery?’ And I was like, ‘I feel really great, but I think it’s because I’ve legalized so much.'”Choosing to go public about the change was a brave step in itself. “And that is the most triggering thing that you could possibly write about somebody with an eating disorder. It led to three strokes, a heart attack, multiple organ failure and pneumonia from asphyxiation. Lovato gave an interview at 16 proudly declaring her love of heavy metal, frequently pays homage to the halcyon days of emo and has worked with everyone from John to Lil Wayne. “In my career, it benefits me to be a perfectionist,” she says. She describes it as a literal shedding of her past and a visual reflection of her queer identity, something she has recently, publicly, embraced. “The queer label is fine because to me it’s just this blanket statement of being different,” she says. In her new documentary, Dancing With the Devil (airing in four episodes on YouTube starting March 23), viewers can see an ecstatic Lovato getting her head shaven. I wouldn’t be living in the present moment at all.” And that’s where she likes to be. I feel like I’m too fluid to commit to a label.”Sexuality is just one of many deeply personal topics that Lovato approaches with unflinching candor in Dancing With the Devil. But for the most part it’s just something that you have to walk through with as much grace as possible.”After taking time off from music to recover after her overdose, Lovato made a triumphant return to the stage at the 2020 Grammy Awards with an instantly-iconic rendition of her mournful single “Anyone.” She followed it up by singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. “And I feel like the best way to not do that is by living my truth.”One such disclosure is the admission that she is no longer wholly sober — she drinks in moderation, and smokes some marijuana. “I feel like I wanted to get a great understanding of it for myself before I told the world about it,” Lovato says. “Going back over the past year, I thought my life was going to turn out a lot differently than it has,” Lovato says over Zoom from her home in Los Angeles, hair now styled into a black pixie. She spent much of quarantine reading and exploring her spirituality (she calls herself SBNR, AKA spiritual but not religious), and even went to Joshua Tree to commune with aliens (a “close encounters of the fifth kind” experience, AKA alleged human-initiated contact with non-earthlings, with Steven M. I’d just be future tripping the entire time. “The way that I’ve come about it is, I went back to treatment after [the overdose], in 2019, after slipping up with substances,” she says. Having been in recovery from eating disorders, body image and perfectionism are not friends in my eyes, and so it’s been difficult to balance. “And also, it’s just really important to note that just because I am trying this doesn’t mean it’s for everybody. “I don’t ever want to be living in fear,” she says. There’s “My GFs are My BFs,” a classic female empowerment anthem featuring Saweetie, and “Met Him Last Night,” a collaboration with Ariana Grande that highlights two of the most powerful voices in pop.Is it safe to say that the documentary partly exists in order to ensure that Lovato can continue to make music? In Dancing, her former assistant says that she watched the singer’s body turn blue before she was taken to the hospital.Lovato has changed her life a great deal since her overdose. But making it — and enduring the attendant press tour, in which she has to speak to journalists, strangers, about the most traumatizing moments of her life — has been exhausting. She values extreme transparency (this is her second such YouTube documentary, after 2017’s Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated), and practices a form of radical honesty in the public eye. Her voice is huge and soulful. Greer, founder of the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence). This documentary will surely help many fans feel less alone. Lovato stares into the camera and shares everything, an act of steely courage and open generosity. But she doesn’t see it that way.”I think less about the future and music and more about living my truth,” she says. This haircut was different.Lovato, a 28-year-old megastar committed to regular feats of Olympic-level vocal pyrotechnics, went from flowing, Siren-like locks to a look that she felt reflected who she really was: a blonde spiky shag, buzzed at the sides. She became a Disney star in 2007 after landing leading roles in the TV movie franchise Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance (she prefers not to dwell on this early period in her career — the documentary includes devastating, gut-churning revelations from her Disney days). The documentary includes a series of harrowing, acutely painful revelations surrounding sexual assault, addiction and her recovery from a lifelong eating disorder. “I think that if they didn’t, I wouldn’t be doing this.”Lovato, born Demetria Devonne Lovato in Albuquerque, New Mexico, started her career at age five, performing in beauty pageants in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. So, I stopped looking and I just really try not to look at anything negative.”And yet she still wants to share. Fans want a personal story to latch onto, and so the star gives and gives. Lovato recounts pushing back against edicts that she get stone-cold sober at 19 and live on a permanent diet. In my personal life, it definitely doesn’t.”But for Lovato, the sacrifices of going public with her deepest struggles are worth it. The maintenance of stardom at Lovato’s level is tricky. The Art of Starting Over, will be released on April 2, as a companion piece to the documentary. The documentary takes great care to explain that this is her individual choice made under the supervision of doctors, and that it can’t and won’t work for everyone. But of course the documentary is often achingly sad, a marathon of endured trauma. She says she now values her wellness much more than she did six years ago. She has permanent brain damage from the strokes that has manifested as vision loss (she can no longer drive), and describes the lingering effects as something like sunspots on her eyes. “If every decision I made was based off of my future. That sucked, and I wanted to quit, I wanted to use, wanted to give up. “I just wanted to allow myself the freedom to match my outside to what I feel like on the inside, and that’s what I’ve done.”But that is its own burden to carry; in the film, she unpacks the unfathomable pressure of being perceived by millions as a poster girl for mental health advocacy while continuing to battle her own demons. Toward the tail end of 2020, Demi Lovato got a haircut. “At one point I was engaged to a man, and now I’m very much not. Understandably, she does not read her own press, or most comments on her social media.”I think it was right after I got out of rehab in 2018. More than a handful of people would tell you each time, ‘You saved my life,’ or they would show me the cuts on their wrists. I saw an article somewhere that said I was morbidly obese,” Lovato says. Pop stars get a lot of haircuts (at the time of this writing, Billie Eilish has just thrilled fans by going blonde). She has pipes, she has the range and has displayed a studied interest in various influences since her Disney days. Yet though she is healthy, compelled to be totally forthright and wholly aware of how her frankness is a form of advocacy, it is still difficult to put so much out there. The lyrics are specific and autobiographical: she sings about working through her eating disorder on the surprisingly upbeat “Melon Cake” (she was only allowed watermelon covered in fat-free whipped cream on her birthdays for years); and about her biological father, who passed away in 2013 and with whom she had a complicated relationship, on “Butterfly.”The queer subtext of “Cool for the Summer” becomes text on “The Kind of Lover I Am,” in which Lovato plainly states that it “doesn’t matter if you’re a woman or a man.” The album takes on a folkier tone and showcases the Voice while still allowing for post-quarantine club bangers. “I had done so well with my eating disorder, in comparison to the years before. Her voice, scratchy and huge and beautiful even as a child, was undeniable, and a successful music career arrived quickly. “I think the positives outweigh the negatives,” she says. Photography: Dana Trippe
Styling: Siena Montesano
Hair: Cesar Ramirez
Makeup: Mario Dedivanovic
Nails: Meagan Knight
On-set production: Katrina Kudlick And then I just realized that if I don’t look at those things then they can’t affect me. “There’s reasons why my meet and greets have gotten a lot shorter over the years. And so I just wanted to allow myself the freedom to match my outside to what I feel like on the inside, and that’s what I’ve done.”After a public engagement (and break up) to a cis male actor last year, Lovato is eager to embrace her queerness. Just like the dogmatic views of complete sobriety, that isn’t a one size fits all solution for everybody.”Control — both in excess and as a lack — is a persistent theme across Dancing With the Devil’s four episodes.

Juno Birch Thinks Tim Burton Is an Alien

The other day I stumbled on a clip of Debbie Harry singing a duet of “The Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog. Definitely. So even though it’s amazing having a transgender person on Drag Race, it’s not really solved the issue of not casting transgender women on the show. They’ll have characters that are green or blue and there’s not really an explanation for why. It’s like when an alien is cooking dinner and they don’t really know what is used in the meal. That’s all top secret. So they’ll throw the whole egg in, the eggshell and everything. I love in one of your videos you were saying to make sure to tell yourself that you look stunning every day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juno Birch (@junobirch) I love it. I had a kind of “I don’t give a fuck” attitude. Absolutely. Cis women can do drag, trans women can do drag. I was so young and wanted anything that could resemble heavy makeup or having something brightly colored without actually telling people that I wanted to dress as a woman. I love the ’60s. When I had my surgery and I was happy with my body, I just felt like I didn’t do that anymore. I absolutely love the costumes, the feathers and the colors of the different skin tones. I wrote a story ages ago about a little boy going to a salon with his mom, and he’s convinced all of the women in the salon are aliens because they all have massive hair and sunglasses. It is just the best thing in the world. But at the same time, I don’t take anything seriously. I just love everything. I love that you talk about one of your inspirations being the Muppets. So it’s all about humor and taking the piss.I was watching your YouTube videos, and you were saying how sometimes people misgender you in the comments and you said, “If you mistakenly misgender me, I don’t really care. And also, I get so many comments and messages from people saying that they literally can’t tell themselves that they’re stunning. I think that’s a great positive thing. My sense of fashion and glamour is not what a human would see as glamorous. They want to ask more questions. It’s harder to maintain some mystery. I didn’t put on a high-pitched voice anymore. You mentioned, Mr. That’s something that resonates with my drag quite a lot. Birch is known for her otherworldly pastel skin tones, which run the gamut from lavender to blue to pink, and her outer space bouffant hairstyles. And they’ve always allowed men on the show. My parents love Mr. And that concept from when I was in college has just run through my drag really and just evolves. They’re all disguised as human. Tell me a little bit about your journey. It’s all disconnected from modern culture. It leads into actual real confidence. They have like warped features and stuff.Well, I know what I’m going to be doing this afternoon. Do you have any interest in going? And what his purpose is. Obviously because of Drag Race, people assume that you’re a man in drag all the time. It doesn’t really bother me, like, I just don’t really care. So I think the Joker was that.It’s a bit of a transitional character — still a man, but it’s got the face paint. Well, before I started doing drag, I just drew a lot of aliens. Have you always felt good about your stunning self?I’ve not always felt like that. If you Google “1960s alien in disguise,” it comes up with high school photos of people that look like they could be an aliens. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juno Birch (@junobirch) They’re pretty amazing. So it’s delightful you have the attitude that anyone can do it.The thing about Gottmik being on Drag Race, it doesn’t really solve the situation with not having trans women on the show because Gottmik is a man. Juno Birch is a self-declared “alien who crash landed to earth in 1962.” She lives happy in Manchester, England, where she amuses herself by doing drag, making sculptures and (almost) passing for human. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juno Birch (@junobirch) It’s interesting that you said how anyone can do drag. I know you’re an alien, so you come from space, but do you have any interest in going back to space?Well, he’s welcome for a cup of tea any time as long as he doesn’t overstay his welcome.Photo courtesy of Juno Birch Are there aliens around now?Absolutely. I’ve never felt comfortable with my body and didn’t see any other way forward other than transitioning. Were you attracted to the Joker because of the makeup or because of the character ?I was probably 13 or 14. If you look at the stylings of women in the 1960s, they actually look like aliens. I really, really like that. That’s just the world that they live in. And it’s like Men in Black where they’re disguised as a human. Tim Burton is gorgeous, but he’s definitely an alien. I was always interested in that scene. I think it’s important not to give away too much about yourself straight away.It’s very easy to tell everything. I’m here, aren’t I? It’s also a little bit of personal pride, because obviously being a medically transitioned trans woman is often like, I’m not biologically female, I’m not male. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juno Birch (@junobirch) Besides you? It’s all good.” And I thought that was an interesting and forgiving take because often people can be very sensitive about that.When I think of my whole life until I started doing drag, I was trying to fit into normal society and pass as a straight woman and biologically female. This season in the United States’ Drag Race, there’s Gottmik, who’s a trans man doing drag. Do you think that aliens come to Earth regularly? I also like the campery of it all. Before that, there was a lot of talk about the representation of trans folks on Drag Race. Have you thought about where in the galaxy Juno Birch is from?No, I don’t disclose any information whatsoever. I was hoping I could get away with it and still pass as a little gay kid. But that’s not something I feel that strongly about because there’s more to life than just Drag Race.You say you crash landed to earth in 1962. I’m a bit of an alien, in between. It’s the mistakes and the clumsiness that come into my fashion, I think.You know how Elon Musk is going to have commercial trips into space? Bean. It’s interesting to me that your first time doing makeup, you did the Joker. If you do it long enough, you start to believe yourself. I think it’s more about the colors and the actual material of the puppets. Do you relate to any specific character?I absolutely love the Muppets. But there’s never any mention about where he comes from. What is it about the ’60s or 1962 in particular that attracts you? Or they’ll put pieces of carpet in with the macaroni and cheese and think that’s normal. I think I’ve spent a lot of my time as a kid and as a teenager just telling myself that. I let myself go a lot. Do you think there are other celebrities that are really aliens? PAPER spoke to Birch about drag and her insider knowledge of the aliens among us.Have you always believed in aliens?Absolutely. So I push it forward a bit because I think if you tell yourself that you are stunning, it’s almost like a delusion. Do you know Mr. And I have to say, I cried. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juno Birch (@junobirch) But I always think it’s good to not reveal too much about yourself too early on because–People are always intrigued more. I think because I’d missed out on so much of my life, telling myself I’ve been stunning, I do it even more now since I’m making up for lost time. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juno Birch (@junobirch) Me too. Of course, you’re the most famous and most gorgeous alien, but are there other less gorgeous aliens among us?Absolutely. Bean.Rowan Atkinson on the TV series drops out from the sky and they insinuate that he’s an alien. If you look at these tiny little sunglasses and the big beehives, they literally just look like typical green aliens. I’ll be inspired by food and things like that when it comes to fashion. And also, I think in the ’60s, everything was absolutely gorgeous colors. Are most aliens glamorous like you or are there all different types?Oh, there’s all different types. I’ll put a hot dog costume on and think I’m absolutely gorgeous. Bean element. I have that Mr. Bean?I do.

30+ Beauty Creators Transform Into Aliens

There’s really no way of knowing what to expect should they decide to finally make contact, but an alien invasion could look a little something like this: @__empty_alien@arnaldo.jpeg@cece.grace@cobycuz@crystalmethyd@daniellemarcan@diablokahlo@ethanhanzelart@genamarvin@hatti_rees@kristallikova@laurelcharleston@makeupbykavondre@manifest.x@mackerelmonday@theonethatsugly@weirdoluis@niohuru_nyc@sterlingtullnyc@themisstoto@urgalsal_@nickyottav@fernanda.acuna@officialshigo@ruthiebarone@sweetmutuals@seanetc@meicrosoft@blackbirdkhai@ankkh___@brandan.c0m A few celebrities have recently opened up about their alleged encounters (Miley Cyrus says she was “chased down” by a UFO while Demi Lovato made contact in Joshua Tree), and the CIA has slowly been declassifying a bunch of strange, previously top secret incidents that support the legitimate presence of extraterrestrial beings.Perhaps we’ve all been watching a bit too much WandaVision, or maybe there really is something out there. Aliens do apparently exist — and we’ve been in contact with them for years — but they know we’re not all ready to meet them just yet. Either way, in celebration of Lovato’s otherworldly PAPER cover transformation, we’ve asked some of our favorite beauty creators across the internet to transform themselves into space inhabitants.

How Aliens Influenced an Entire Fashion Generation

And visionaries like Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen were among the first to give these space creatures a platform before it became trendy.It was also around this time that alien beauty as a concept really started to gain steam on Instagram. But while space age influences have been infiltrating the fashion landscape since the ’60s, it’s only in the past decade or so that alien tropes have invaded every corner of the industry, from the runways to major ad campaigns.The extraterrestrial references aren’t just limited to what we see during Fashion Week. The duo’s otherwordly freakish looks quickly amassed a cult following and they’ve since turned their head-turning alien visuals into a full business with partnerships including resale platform Depop. The intention was confirmed later on when the brand unveiled its “Alien Nation” campaign with models Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber, who starred as space aliens. Read on, below, for some of the highlights.Gucci Fall 2017 CampaignGucci Fall 2017 CampaignGucci Fall 2017 CampaignGucci Fall 2017 CampaignGucci Fall 2017 CampaignAlessandro Michele was thinking of vintage sci-fi TV programs, in particular Star Trek, when he dreamt up his Fall 2017 campaign for Gucci. He partnered with Instagram artist Salvia for the haunting makeup, which included extremely pale skin and scalps that receded all the way back to the crown of the head.Fecal Matter’s Entire Existence View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fecal Matter (@matieresfecales) In 2016, Montreal-based couple Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran gave birth to @matieresfecales, AKA Fecal Matter, on Instagram. “So we came up with an alien idea, and then gave it an Eve, or maybe even Lilith, twist of someone who has experienced, and taken knowledge and really transformed it into self empowerment.”Gareth Pugh Spring 2016 RunwayGareth Pugh Spring 2016 RunwayGareth Pugh Spring 2016 RunwayGareth Pugh Spring 2016 RunwayGareth Pugh Spring 2016 RunwayGareth Pugh’s second runway show after a 7-year-long hiatus was deemed by many critics as his best collection up to then. Rick Owens Fall 2019 RunwayRick Owens Fall 2019 RunwayRick Owens Fall 2019 RunwayRick Owens Fall 2019 RunwayRick Owens Fall 2019 RunwayThe models in Rick Owens’ infamous Fall 2019 show resembled glamorous aliens complete with body modification like disfigured face protrusions and blacked-out contact lenses. “I wanted to embody the fantasy of a more-than-human alien goddess, kind of queer Fantasia for a new world of imaginative queer performers that go beyond humanity,” she told People at the time. “A bubble of make-up artists that found creativity in the macabre and the dark started gaining attention on social media, drawing in fans who reveled in their rejection of classic beauty norms.” For out latest PAPER cover shoot, Demi Lovato was shot through an extraterrestrial lens, a cheeky nod to her time communing with aliens at Joshua Tree. For Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran, the Canadian duo behind Fecal Matter, their otherwordly alien visuals are fully embedded into their lifestyle. The digital prints veered between something that resembled animal and alien, and the extreme hairdos conjured space martians that descended upon planet earth for one fabulous fashion experience. In honor of her space creature photoshoot, we’ve rounded up some of the greatest alien fashion moments in recent history. “We first highlighted the emergence of dark, gothic, alien-like beauty back in 2016,” Emma Grace Bailey, beauty editor at trend forecasting company WGSM told i-D. The audition clips posted on the brand’s Instagram account featured models dressed in full alien garb while standing in front of a green screen reading lines for corny sci-fi scripts. From indie designers to luxury megabrands, the fashion community has long looked to our intergalactic neighbors for inspiration. (Who could forget her “Alien Eve” coronation look — a freakishly stunning bodysuit complete with crystals, stones and a wrapping snake.) Indeed, elevated alien motifs are a recurring theme in drag culture, making for some of the most impactful high-fashion images of our time.On a larger scale, designers as established as Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott and Alessandro Michele have all experimented with sci-fi elements in their collections. The great Thierry Mugler even named one of his perfumes “Alien,” which became one of the best-selling prestige fragrances of all time. According to Scott, the campaign’s concept was to bring attention to the US administration’s harsh stance toward “illegal aliens.”Sasha Velour’s “Alien Eve” Coronation Look View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sasha Velour (@sashavelour) When reigning queen Sasha Velour returned to the crown the next winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race for the Season 10 finale, it was her alien-inspired ensemble that unintentionally stole the show. Their human flesh heels, demonic makeup and avant-garde aesthetic all contribute to an idea of life forms that exist in the outer reaches of the galaxy.Moschino Fall 2018 RunwayMoschino Fall 2018 RunwayMoschino Fall 2018 RunwayMoschino Fall 2018 RunwayFor Fall 2018, Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott sent models down the runway in various ’60s-inspired looks and Jackie Kennedy bobs, with some covered in full green and blue body makeup that gave off an alien-like appearance. “It’s always been our dream to infiltrate not just the fashion industry but society,” they previously told PAPER, “and change the way people perceive themselves by presenting alternative versions of what’s beautiful.”And Sasha Velour, the Season 9 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race known for her bald head and show-stopping looks, is one of the few queens who epitomize extraterrestrial glamour to a tee. Push described the looks, which were a nod to London’s SoHo neighborhood, as “a little bit Lindsay Kemp, a little bit Divine, a little bit Leigh Bowery and a little bit sick and twisted.”Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 RunwayWhile Alexander McQueen’s iconic “Plato’s Atlantis” collection was inspired underwater themes and reptilian motifs, you couldn’t escape the alien-like details thanks to space-y/sea creature prosthetics and freaky eye makeup. The leggy alien creatures wore clown-like bank robber masks by Val Garland and brightly colored wigs by Malcolm Edwards. Shot by Glen Luchford, the retro-futuristic images featured everything from UFOs to cows to alien-humanoid models.