Shawn Mendes Opens Up About Body Dysmorphia: “I Can Never Live Up to That Guy.”

In 2019, pictures of Shawn Mendes in his Calvin Klein underwear where everywhere.  As an ambassador for the brand, Shawn posed in a series of photos that left hearts pounding.

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Shawn, however, says those pictures actually left him feeling insecure. He told Wonderland, “I was seeing myself shirtless on the monitor with my body oiled and I was like, ‘The craziest thing about these photos is I can never live up to that guy.”

“Any shoot where you’re basically ‘sexy’ in any type of way can really mess with your psyche because you’re struggling every day to live up to that guy,” Mendes told Wonderland. “You know, the lighting was there, you have makeup and a hairstylist there. People are there to make you look amazing. And then they capture the photo for one second, and you look at it like, ‘Wow.’ But realistically, you can’t really fit the shoes of that person in that photo — even as that person.”

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