Demi Lovato gives passionate speech at InStyle awards

Cate Blanchett and Demi Lovato give passionate speeches about women and honesty at the InStyle awards in Los Angeles.

UNITED STATES (REUTERS) - Hollywood style icons turned out for the annual InStyle Awards on Monday (Oct 23), with stars Cate Blanchett and Demi Lovato receiving awards.

Lovato was honoured with the Advocate Award for her very personal battle with bipolar disorder and her public advocacy for others suffering with the illness.

On receiving her award, she talked about struggling with her issues and how sharing them was helpful for others.
“Honesty has shaped my life and even at times it’s been been painful.

"I’ve felt vulnerable, it’s been scary, but I knew that it was important to me to share my story with others in hopes that it would prevent them from going down the same road with addictions or people that needed someone to look up to with bipolar disorder, which is something that I have and I’m not ashamed of it.

"In fact I’m proud and living a life that I’m really happy to live and I’m healthy and I’ve learned that it’s so important to use your voice, or use my voice for more than just singing.

"I want to say to everyone that’s out there, to never give up, never stop fighting, no matter what you’re going through in your personal life - everybody has struggles, and there’s someone in the world that can relate to you just so you’re not alone, just know that the more you talk about your issues and the things that you’ve gone through the more you can help others and that’s what’s really important is sharing life experiences with other people on this planet,” the singer said.

Blanchett was presented the Style Icon award by Taika Waititi, the director of her upcoming film, Thor: Ragnarok.

“For me it’s always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology, whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non self-conscious way into part of who they are. And women who know how they look is not all of who they are but just an extension of that. And it’s about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want, and how they want to wear it,” the actress told the crowd in her acceptance speech.

Others at the event included Zendaya, Selena Gomez and Kate Bosworth.