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Hilary Duff Has An On Point Message For Everyone Who Bodyshames Women

Spending time with your kids at the beach is a refreshing experience. It makes great memories, and even if you are feeling conscious about your body, that doesn’t change the fact that your children revere you just the way that you are. Unfortunately, the mass media has portrayed an image of a woman that every single female is held up to. Whether you are a mom or teenage, single or married, everyone expects you to be in tip top shape with skinny legs and a toned butt.

Hilary Duff recently posted a powerful image on Instagram accompanied by an excellent message to all the women of the world – regardless of age. She wore a bathing suit and was spotted on vacation, playing with her son:

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The post garnered over 886K likes and counting. Her words hit the spot and resonate with every single one of us who ever felt gross about themselves while in a bathing suit. Without a doubt, we need to hear more messages like this.

Hillary Duff’s caption:

“I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages. I’m enjoying a vacation with my son after a long season of shooting and being away from him for weeks at a time over those months. 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, 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.”

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That tenacity and self-pride in her voice are what we need to all women. Hillary Duff is there to show us that we are worrying about the wrong things in life. Who cares how your thighs look or if you have cellulite? What difference does it make if your stomach rolls while your bend down to pick up your children’s scattered toys? By worrying about such trivial stuff, we are actively sending out a message to all the young girls out there. We are spreading the message that “beauty” is defined by the lack of flaws.

Not only are our actions speaking up but we are too. How many times have you said something similar to “I can’t wear a two-piece,” or “These shorts make my thighs look fat” in front of your kids?

Duff sets the table for an exemplary role model as she flaunts her beautiful body. Being comfortable in our skin is what defines out beauty. Being healthy is beautiful. Playing with your 5-year old son at the beach, oblivious to everything around you, is beautiful. Owning every inch of your body is beautiful.

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As elders and parents, we need to stop out a wasteful search for “a different body”. Instead, we should be investing our energy into feeling proud of the bundles of happiness we have as children. Look at your body and feel proud. Say, “I did that. My wonderful body made this amazing human being– and everything here is the evidence.”

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Duff ends her post with the hashtag “#kissmyass”. Now that is a phrase that everyone needs to use a little more often. Use this phrase not just to shut body shamers but to quiet that voice in your head that makes you doubt yourself. Face it; your time is far more valuable than that.

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