Hilary Duff has opened up about embracing her body over the years as she posed nude for the May/June cover of Women’s Health.
The 34-year-old star said that she has spent years feeling consumed by the “horrifying” pressure to be a certain size to remain known in the industry. The constant worry resulted in her battle with an eating disorder at 17.
After a lot of struggle with her own self, Duff says she now accepts her body and has no interest in living up to Hollywood standards.
“I’m proud of my body,” the actress said. “I’ve gotten to a place of being peaceful with the changes my body has gone through.”
Duff is a mother to daughters Mae, 13 months, and Banks, 3, and son Luca, 10.
“I think that at 34 I have just gained a lot of respect for my body,” Duff added. “It’s taken me all of the places I need to go. It’s helped me build a beautiful family. I feel like the older I get, the more confident I get in my own skin. And my body’s been many different shapes and sizes and I’m really just fascinated by, one, being a woman. And two, all the changes that your body can go through throughout your lifetime.”
Duff said that it was only after she had her daughter Banks that she began fully accepting her body.
“I do feel lucky in the mental health department where I haven’t had huge hurdles to get over, but just like everyone else I have my issues, my insecurities, pain,” she said. “Therapy helps me a lot. I try to do a Zoom with my therapist at least twice a month, if not more, if I need it. But I think just talking and having the right people around you that can truly listen when you need them to, [and] taking space for yourself.”
Duff said she’s putting in the effort to keep her mental health intact.
“We bust our ass to get our bodies in shape and to look the best we can. We get facials and Botox and our hair done and highlights and brows and lash lifts and all this shit. But I want to work on the inside,” she explained. “That’s the most important part of the system.”