As hard as it might be to remember when they’re all dolled up for an event or posting flawless-looking pics on Instagram, at the end of the day, celebrities are regular human beings, just like the rest of us. And as human beings, they’re prone to have flaws — and that’s okay. In fact, it can even be empowering AF: Just ask Hilary Duff. The Younger star just schooled us all on what it means to own your imperfections when she took to Instagram to share hers with the world in a battle cry for women everywhere.
The mother of one, who’s currently on vacay in Hawaii with her son, Luca, gave us all a good long look at her backside as she stood holding him in a scoop-back gingham print bikini. While she looked amazing, it was the photo’s caption that had us really cheering.
“I am posting this on behalf of all young girls, women, and mothers of all ages,” she began. “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 “body flaws” — well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift, Luca, five years ago. I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go,” she wrote. “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.”
While that bit alone had us feeling ready to take on the world, Duff also had a very *special* message for those that would shame her or anyone else over their body. “You guys (you know who you are!) already know how to ruin a good time, and now you are body shamers as well. #kissmya**.”
It’s not the first time she’s spoken up with regard to body positivity. Earlier this year, she posted an ode to her newest favorite body part: her legs. “I didn’t always love my legs, but as I’ve grown, I’ve learned to love and celebrate myself, just as I am. I began to realize that my legs are STRONG and they carry me every. single. day,” she penned at the time. “Our bodies are amazing and something to be grateful for. I’m ME, and that’s really enough!”
It certainly is, Hil! Kudos to you for not only standing up for yourself and owning your physique, just as it is, but for empowering the rest of us to do so as well.
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(h/t E!; photos via Jamie McCarthy/Getty)