On Friday, Duff posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing a $200 Norma Kamali black-and-white gingham one-piece swimsuit and a straw hat. In the photo, Duff has her back to the camera — revealing some cellulite, something most women can relate to — as she holds 5-year-old son Luca while standing at the ocean in Hawaii.
“I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages,” she wrote to her 8 million followers. “Since websites and magazines love to share ‘celeb flaws’ — well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago. I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go.”
She added, “Ladies, let’s be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed. You guys (you know who you are!) already know how to ruin a good time, and now you are body shamers as well.” Duff hashtagged the post #kissmyass.
— Katrina Torgersen (@katweenamae) August 4, 2017
honestly hilary duff is truly an inspiration for women everywhere
— Zoe Lamus (@zoeeemarie) August 4, 2017
hi hillary duff has cellulite and thats all i need to feel at peace
— katie (@floatinglights1) August 4, 2017
Anyone who follows Duff with any regularity knows that she has no issue calling B.S. on the demands of Hollywood and motherhood.
Most recently, Duff posed for swimsuit and lingerie line Aerie (which has run campaigns without airbrushing its models) and shared an empowering message with her fans on Instagram: “I didn’t always love my legs, but as I’ve grown, I’ve learned to love and celebrate myself, just as I am. I began to realize that my legs are STRONG and they carry me every. single. day. Our bodies are amazing and something to be grateful for. I’m ME and that’s really enough!”
When she became a mom, Duff told Redbook, she felt scrutinized in a way she hadn’t experienced before pregnancy.
“After I had Luca, I went out to, like, the breast-pump store — I was still huge — and I just had a comfortable outfit on,” she told the publication. “And the next day [in the tabloids] it was like, ‘Hilary debuts post-baby bod!’ And I was like, ‘That’s not a debut! That’s an errand!’ It was such a happy time that honestly I didn’t care; it wasn’t until later that I realized how mean and invasive it was.”
Duff also took on the “mommy wars” with sister Haylie as part of the formula company Similac’s Sisterhood of Motherhood campaign. “I think we’ve both dealt with judgment since becoming parents or even just being pregnant about to have a baby,” Duff said. “The judgment kinda begins like, ‘Are you going to have an epidural? Are you going to have a natural birth?’ You just feel judged talking to other moms and seeing their reaction or what they say to you.”
She also shared her experience switching from breast milk to formula, saying, “I know I felt judged once — I breastfed Luca for six or seven months and then started supplementing with formula, and I felt judged having that conversation with people.”
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