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Today, global superstar Anitta has been unveiled as one of Glamour Magazine’s Self-Love Issue cover stars. In the accompanying interview, Brazil’s biggest pop star discusses how she has embraced her body, her definition of self-love and being open and honest about surgery. Read the full interview here.

On body image and her decision to have surgery: 

“I have had a lot of plastic surgeries. It’s not that I don’t accept my imperfections, because I mean, for example, cellulite, that’s something that I have more than oxygen inside me, more than water. I have cellulite more than anything else in my body. There’s no such treatment that can change this reality. I can do diets, which I hate, I can work out, which I also hate. So I’m not going to have a life that I don’t like just to take all my cellulite. I prefer to live with that, to accept it and say, ‘OK, if you don’t like it, it’s your problem. I’m not going to take this problem to me. I don’t hide it. I don’t feel like, “Oh my God, let me hide my cellulite.” I just put it in the music video, if people like, fine. If they don’t, fine too.”

On being open and honest:

People are always like, ‘love yourself’. But then they never say when they changed something. If you want to change, go there and change it, don’t waste your time caring about it and what other people think. I have some friends that are like, “Oh, I wish I could change this or that. But I’m so afraid of what people are going to say.” I’m like, “What? You don’t change, because of what people are going to say?!” I think it’s important more on the internet, because the internet makes teenagers and young people feel like that. Nobody’s going to post, “Hello, today I woke up so sad,” people are going to post beautiful things. I always tell my audience, don’t take internet life like real life.”

On practicing self-love:

“I think people should look in the mirror and believe that they are perfect just the way they are, without comparisons, because there is no one like anyone. And the most important thing is to love themselves and respect others.”


Makeup: Luis Torres

Hair: Anitta

Styling: Anitta

Photo: Isabela Grutman

Journalist: Josh Smith

About Anitta:

Since breaking through in Brazil six years ago, Anitta has become the leading artist of a new generation of Latin American music. As the biggest ever global female popstar to come from Brazil, she has amassed over 50 million Instagram followers and over 14 million YouTube subscribers garnering more than 5 billion views. Anitta has been named among the world’s 15th most influential musicians on social media by Billboard. In July 2013, she released her self-titled first album, ANITTA, which consisted of 14 new tracks most of which were written by her. Anitta’s second album, RITMO PERFEITO, was released in July 2014, followed by her third album, BANG, in 2016. The album contained 15 original tracks and the music video for the album’s title song, “Bang,” has garnered over 400 million views since its release. Her latest album, KISSES, was released in April 2019 and marks Anitta’s first trilingual album with songs in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. KISSES was nominated for “Best Urban Album” at the 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards. Since 2014, Anitta has been named “Best Brazilian Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards for five consecutive years. She was a highlight of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony, where she performed alongside Brazilian singer/songwriters Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. Anitta has graced the covers of countless magazines including Vogue Brazil, Marie Claire Brazil, GQ Mexico, and GQ Brazil. Anitta has worked with the likes of Madonna, Major Lazer, J Balvin, Diplo, Ozuna, and Maluma among others. Most recently she released “Me Gusta – Remix” feat. Cardi B & 24GOLDN following “Me Gusta” feat. Cardi B and Myke Towers, “Tócame” feat. Arcangel & De La Ghetto and “Fuego” with DJ Snake and Sean Paul. Anitta’s fifth studio album – which will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese – will be out later this year. 

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