At the age of 17 Hilary Duff weighed just 45 kilograms and shocked the world with her skin-and-bones figure.
“I was totally obsessed with everything I put in my mouth. I was way too skinny, ” Duff told Health.
Fast-forward a few years however and the child star that became famous for her lead role as Lizzy McGuire has become one of the healthiest, most body positive women in Hollywood.
After the birth of her son Luca, now 4, Duff drastically revised her views on her weight and decided to start focusing on more important things in life, such as spending time with her family.
In an interview with Today Parents Duff explained that having Luca helped her to realise that she no longer cares about what she looks like in a bikini, but instead is now content to embrace her natural post-baby figure.
“I don’t care to look absolutely perfect in a bathing suit… I’m a normal girl. I’m strong. I’m fit. I feel good about myself after I’ve had a baby.”
Duff is so committed to her body positive beliefs that she has even gotten behind NEDA, a charity that supports people who are fighting to recover from eating disorders.
In a recent Instagram post, Duff posed in a red bikini and encouraged her followers to also post an unedited bikini-shot of themselves to help to raise money for NEDA.
“Hey guys! When you post your unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL, @Aerie will donate $1 (up to $30K) to NEDA, a non-profit that supports those affected by eating disorders,” Duff wrote.
While Duff has definitely found her confidence, she also admits that no matter how body confident you are, some days will still be hard.
“I go through ups and downs, being like, damn, I’m fit right now, and, okay, I’m letting things slide a little.”
Despite this, Duff says that she has finally fully accepted her body and is now on a mission to encourage other women to do the same.
Good job Hil, you are officially our hero.