When the world first met Hilary Duff, she was Lizzie McGuire, a perfectly packaged Disney product with a face made to be slapped on lunchboxes and backpacks.
Sixteen years later, at the age of 30, Duff has matured both as an actress and person. The "Younger" star has broken down the facade of her showbiz persona and shown the world who she is beyond the PR reps and Photoshop.
Last year, she shared an unaltered photo of herself in a bathing suit, holding her then-five-year-old son, that revealed all of her “flaws.” Duff shared the photo to encourage women to be proud of their bodies and to stop wishing they were “different.”
Now, Duff is pregnant again and dealing with the discomfort that comes with bringing life into this world. On July 26, she shared a photo with her 9 million-plus Instagram followers of exactly what pregnancy has done to her body. The candid photo is rare for women who work in an industry obsessed with youth and perfection.
She captioned the photo with an empowering note to mothers everywhere.
“The boobs are big the belly is big the body is big. Man.. pregnancy is hard. Giving love to all mamas who make it look effortless... this journey is hard as hell and also incredibly special. Lovely to have a little life inside and to day dream of all the new adventures to come buuuut almost impossible to get my own shoes on..sick of getting up 9 times a night to pee and looking at this weird body in the mirror that is not my own at the moment. Women are so bad ass, this was just a note to remind myself and remind others how’s strong and beautiful you are! WE GOT THIS!”
Duff’s brave photo shows that although pregnancy has altered her physique, the real change she’s experienced is learning how to love her body and herself.