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Former Disney star Hilary Duff breaks the internet with ’empowering’ photos for Women’s Health

Former child star Hilary Duff is “approaching her life and career on her own terms” by posing nude for Women’s Health magazine. The 34-year-old mother of three said she’s finally at “a place of being peaceful” with her body after years of trying to live up to Hollywood’s beauty standards.

Duff shared her struggles with accepting her body image as a young actress over the years on Disney’s “Lizzie McGuire” and later “How I met Your Father.” She described feeling “horrifying” pressure that eventually led to a yearlong eating disorder when she was 17.

“I’m proud of my body. I’m proud that it’s produced three children for me. I’ve gotten to a place of being peaceful with the changes my body has gone through. I also want people to know a makeup artist was there putting glow all over my body and someone put me in the most flattering position,” Duff told the magazine.

But, @HilaryDuff adds, “I also want people to know a makeup artist was there putting glow all over my body and someone put me in the most flattering position.”

— Women’s Health (@Women’s Health)

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Duff posted the magazine cover on Instagram, with the caption, “Sooooo, this was scary….. I knew doing this would terrify me and I was right! @womenshealthmag had the most lovely all-women shoot and I actually had the best time. I felt strong and beautiful and laughed a lot getting into some of these poses without my high waisted mom jeans and oversized whatever I normally wear. Thank you to everyone who normalized this day for me and propped me up with compliments and love. @nikkilee901 you worked your butt off! @kdeenihan I live for the no make up/make up look you give me and the “sheen” spray was 🤌🏻@daniellamidenge I love these photos so much, thank you for capturing a moment in time where I felt both completely vulnerable but powerful.”

Duff’s bare-all photos have been widely circulated online, sparking both generous praise and discussion about body image and what’s really considered “empowering.”

Hilary Duff is turning heads and making headlines following her @WomensHealthMag

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Capturing the beauty of the body is my favorite and most healing and fulfilling art. Thank you for sharing and normalizing this type of body positivity with the [email protected]/6iWqhfYx5J

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Hilary Duff does it and itu2019s empowering and good for her she looks greatu2026Britney does it and people think she needs therapyu2026lol this world is crazy

— Brandon (@Brandon)

that is interesting although is this just like a victory lap for living up to hollywood standards…?

— Jesse Harrison (@Jesse Harrison)

I donu2019t understand why women have to take their clothes off to feel empowered. Itu2019s just weird.

— KendraKlassen (@KendraKlassen)

The issue I think that people have is that it is cringe. This woman is a 10 out of 10 and she is acting like it requires bravery to do this.

— Ray (@Ray)

Pretty brave for Hilary Duff to reject those absurd Hollywood standards and put herself out there like that now that you can bounce quarters off her rear end.

— Jesse Kelly (@Jesse Kelly)

Hilary Duff poses naked on the cover of ‘Women’s Health’ and gets candid about what she loves most about her body.