Body shaming is a major problem in Hollywood. It seems like every week we hear about a new case where a celebrity is criticized unfairly for the way they look. Multiple celebrities — like Sophie Turner, Sam Claflin and Halle Berry — have spoken out about the subject; now, one more voice has joined the fight against this pressing issue.
Recently, #HilaryDuff went to the beach for a vacation with her family and the paparazzi managed to snap some pictures of her in her bathing suit. Before being criticized for her shape online (as has happened with other celebrities), the actress took to Instagram to share a picture of herself in her swimsuit, carrying her son during a fun day at the beach.
She also included an empowering message as the caption, taking the opportunity to encourage people to be proud and happy with their physiques, just as she is with hers:
"I am posting this on behalf of the 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, five 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. #kissmyass."
Her statement prompted an outpouring of support on social media, with people thanking her for her bravery and the powerful message she sent to her 8+ million of followers.
Hopefully this constant stream of empowering and body-positive remarks from celebrities continue to shine a light on the rejection of body shaming statements. I'm hopeful we'll get to a point where we'll stop focusing on the appearance of others and just start celebrating them for who they are, inside and out.
What do you think about Hilary Duff's comments regarding body shaming? Let me know in the comments!