Pop star Demi Lovato has stripped down to her birthday suit in a new Vanity Fair photoshoot to prove it is possible to overcome body image battles and learn to "love the skin you're in". The 23-year-old singer decided to bare her soul – and a lot more – when she was photographed by Patrick Ecclesine at a Manhattan hotel.

The shoot, which took place around after midnight at the Greenwich Hotel, came just hours after the Cool for the Summer hit maker lost her great-grandfather Buddy Moore.

"If there's one thing I've learned in the past day, it's that life is too short," she told the publication. "I want to show the side of me that's real, that's liberated, that's free.

"What if we do a photoshoot where it's totally raw?" she added. "Super-sexy, but no make-up, no fancy lighting, no retouching, and no clothing. Let's do it here, let's do it now."

In one image, the 23-year-old is sat with back-turned to the camera while sitting on the edge of the bathtub. Another exposed image shows her sitting in a bath full of water cupping her chest.

Although the star's team were initially concerned, because her relative was such an integral part of her life, the songstress insisted that the experience was empowering. She said her grief inspired her to do the shoot with three rules; no clothes, no make-up and no retouching.

"It's empowering and it shows other women that you can get to a place where you can overcome obstacles of body image issues and you can feel comfortable and confident in your skin," she explained. "I thought there was something incredible of the idea of no make-up whatsoever and no clothes and no retouching. I would have never thought that I would have ever got to a place in my life where I would have felt comfortable doing that."

The former child star, who has made no secret of her struggle with eating disorders in the past, went on to say that she wanted to inspire others to learn to love their bodies. "The reason why I decided to do this photo shoot is because when I think of confident I think of many things, but one thing, in particular, is feeling comfortable in your own skin," the make-up free star says to camera.

"In the past I suffered from eating disorders," she continued, "and I basically went from hating every single inch of my body to working on myself and trying to figure out ways to love myself and love the skin I'm in."