Hilary Duff Keeps It Body-Positive When Talking About Weight, & Continues Being an Awesome Role Model
Who doesn't love Lizzie McGuire? If you aren't a fan, you probably will be after hearing from Hilary Duff about weight loss and body image. It's no secret that Duff is a promoter of a healthy lifestyle. She's never been one to give into being a size zero, or rush to lose all of her baby weight immediately, or think that one has to be thin to be successful. She's doesn't yield to Hollywood stereotypes and that's one of the many things I love about her. Plus, she's a great role model for all women, and who can hate on that?
In an interview with Elle, Duff chats about her body, losing weight, and what she sees as "normal," especially when it comes to living life the healthiest way possible. When asked about having "five pounds always show[ing] on [her] frame," she said,
I mean I'm in the same struggle you're in every day. It's a tough question, too, but however it comes across, it comes across. I just tell myself, "I'm 5'2", I'm really fit, killing it in the gym, and doing crazy things." I love to work out, but I'm just not that concerned with being the skinniest person. I'm not a model; I'm an actress. I always feel like I'm in the five to ten pound struggle, but my life is so busy. I'm just not that concerned, really. I'm normal and I'm perfectly happy being that way. Some weeks I'm like, "Man, my clothes are fitting so good" and then some weeks I'm like, "I need to cut back on a few things," but that's it. I don't fall into the trap of having to be 110 pounds.
Hallelujah! Hearing an actress talk about not having to be a certain weight and being comfortable in your own skin always makes me happy. More women, especially public figures, need to hand out advice like this.
And this isn't the first time Duff has opened up about her body. In December 2014, she appeared on the cover of Health magazine, where she talked about the pressure on mothers of having to get back into shape immediately after giving birth (which is absolutely ridiculous). She said,
The second I had Luca, I went to go get my hair blown out at the salon, and I hadn’t stepped outside in, like, 15 days. I was learning how to be a new mom, and I needed to go get my hair done. Then they’re like, "Hilary Debuts Her Post-Baby Body!" I was like, I’m not debuting s--t right now. I’m just going on an errand run! There is way too much pressure on women these days. It took me a whole 10 months to build a baby.
During this interview, she even talked about how she once weighed 98 pounds and it was "not cute." Being that thin and counting calories isn't a healthy nor happy way to live, which is how Duff continues to live to this very day.
This is the body that I have. I have a very athletic build, and I am so proud of what my body has done for me. I had the best, healthiest, strongest pregnancy. And I feel good about myself. But I feel like I’m always in a 5-pound battle, because being 5 feet 2, everything is going to show on me!
Thank you, Hilary, for being body-positive, honest, and real.