- The Washington Times - Monday, October 3, 2016

Pop singer Demi Lovato recently took to Instagram to shame a teenage artist who portrayed her as a bare-breasted mermaid on Instagram, the New York Daily News reported Monday. What’s more, when the fan, Vladimir Serbanescu, replied with a defense of his fan art, many of Ms. Lovato’s fans shot back with their criticisms.

Ms. Lovato, who admitted in a 2012 interview that she had struggled with an eating disorder when she was younger, complained that she was not portrayed accurately.

“Is that how my boobs should look?” the pop singer protested on Instagram. “It’s gorgeous but that’s not my body.” The image seems to be inspired by an Instagram post by Ms. Lovato of herself lying topless on a bed.

In a separate Instagram post, Mr. Serbanescu, who is 17, explained his artistic decision, the Daily News noted. “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. That’s how I imagine mermaids. I worked a lot on this drawing and I was proud of it, but not anymore.”

And with that, a social-media firestorm ensued, with folks lining up with either Ms. Lovato or Mr. Serbanescu.

“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,” the Daily News quoted one commenter.

But Twitter user @intoalec faulted Mr. Serbanescu for being insensitive to Ms. Lovato’s body-image issues.

“See what y’all did? Yall are terrorizing this poor girl’s already f—d up self esteem. I’m speechless,” the user complained. 


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