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Hilary Duff has a message for women and young girls, and another for all the haters and body-shamers out there: “Be proud of what we’ve got,” and “Kiss my ass,” respectively.
The 29-year-old actor and singer, who currently stars in Younger, condemned body-shaming culture on her Instagram on Friday in a caption underneath a photo of her at the beach with her young son, Luca. Shot from behind, the photo showed the back of Duff’s one-piece swimsuit and her bare legs, a means for her to show off what she described as her “celeb flaws.”
Duff’s statement was clearly in reference to the kinds of hyper-scrutinizing, sexist, and crude criticisms of women’s bodies that serve as fodder for countless tabloids and websites. Duff herself has been the subject of some of these salacious articles.
This fixation on the bodies of famous women―all women, really―is nothing new, although it’s been hyper-charged by the advent of the internet. Duff, for her part, pinned much of the blame on “you guys” who “know how to ruin a good time,” and are now “body shamers as well,” before giving a very enthusiastic sign-off: “#kissmyass.”
Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.