Duff calls out bathing suit body-shamers on Instagram
Swimsuit season can be a daunting time of year for a lot of us. We don’t always feel 100% confident baring so much of our bodies, but we suck it up and do it for our kids. Because we need to be an example to them, and be an active participant in their summer memories, self-consciousness be damned. Hilary Duff took to her Instagram account yesterday to remind moms everywhere to be proud of what our bodies can do.
“I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself and her son enjoying their vacation.
“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. Ladies, lets be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed.”
We all know we’ve glanced at the supermarket tabloids that show exactly three specks of cellulite on an ultra-zoomed-in photo of Kate Hudson’s thin, toned thighs. It’s eye roll-worthy and degrading. Duff beats them to the punch with a photo like this, letting the world know that she may be a celebrity — and one who looks amazing at that — but she’s also a mom.
And she’s damn proud of her body.
Her body grew and nourished a baby. Her hips and lower back have supported the weight of a toddler countless times. Her arms now hold her 5-year-old child as they enjoy the ocean together. Maybe she thinks she has a few ‘flaws’ (for whatever it’s worth, I have more cellulite on my left knee than she does on her entire body), but she knows those surface-level flaws aren’t what define us as women. Or as mothers.
If we see ourselves as beautiful, our children will to. It starts with us. It’s not always easy to maintain a body-positive mentality (especially during swimsuit season). And heaven knows we don’t need men to do it for us. So let’s take a lesson from Hilary and invite anyone who doesn’t appreciate what our bodies are capable of to kindly #kissourass.