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To say that Demi Lovato has blossomed into a woman ready to conquer the world would be an understatement. The 23-year-old has become an inspiration to girls and women alike with her vulnerably honest story about her issues — from pressure to fit the Hollywood body mold to her personal struggle with depression. Back in 2011, Lovato had entered rehabilitation treatment for an eating disorder, self-harming, and addiction to alcohol and drugs. After the star left the center, she was on the path to reclaim her happiness and spread that to everyone who was following her on that journey.

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Lovato has become an advocate for body positivity, self-love, and confidence — it’s no surprise that her new album’s title is Confident. Not only is she using her voice for catchy tunes that you can’t help but jam to, but she’s using it to spread a message. Her bold Vanity Fair photoshoot was a true representation of her growth with her three rules of, “no makeup, no clothes,  and no retouching.” However, being confident is oftentimes looked down upon and called “cocky” or  “conceited.” While people tend to give you the side eye for expressing your confidence, Lovato is inspiring us to shut the haters out and embrace it. Guess what? She’s onto something here.

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In a study where people were assessed at different stages in their life — teen years, then in their mid-thirties — low self-esteem proved to be more than just a temporary feeling. Teens whose self-esteem was low were more likely to be depressed as they got older. Not only can it lead to depression, low self-esteem can lead to self-destructive decisions snowballing into additional issues. We understand that building your self-esteem can be tough, but there are definitely ways to overcome that barrier. When you do, don’t be shy about your newfound confidence — after-all overconfidence is the key to success.

So while we celebrate Demi Lovato’s new album coming out on October 16, we’ll also celebrate ourselves because we deserve to. Still not convinced? Take it from First Lady Michelle Obama who added Lovato’s Confident single on her girl-empowering Spotify playlist! Enough said.