Hilary Duff recalls paparazzi ‘zooming in’ on her cellulite early on in her fame: ‘You’re never enough’

Hilary Duff, now proud of her body, recalls the shame she felt as a teenager when online trolls attacked her body. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images,)

Hilary Duff is proud of her body, but it took time to get there.

the how i met your father star caught up with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager during a recent segment on Today with Hoda & Jennawhere she spoke openly about how being a teen star in the early 2000s impacted her body image.

“I came to a time when the paparazzi took a picture of your every move and zoomed in on your cellulite,” she recalls.

The actress had a string of successes early in her career – spanning music, film and TV, but most prominently on the Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire. But despite the fame and glory, Duff said it took a heavy toll.

“You were either too thin or you’re too fat. ‘How can you be on television?’ “, she reflected on the criticism she received at the time. “You’re never just enough or right for people – in that weather. Now I feel like body positivity is such an important topic and all bullies are ashamed now. But this [wasn’t the case] when I was going up.

These days, Duff – who has three children: Luca, 10, whom she shares with ex Mike Comrie; and her daughters Banks, 3, and Mae, 1, whom she shares with husband Matthew Koma – is learning to love her body in all its phases.

“I’m really proud of my body,” she said of the positive feedback she received from her Women’s Health nude cover. “I’ve been on TV breastfeeding babies, pregnant, in many shapes and forms. [The cover shoot] was a big motivation to get my butt back in shape. Who knows how long I’ll hang on to this because I’m still in the 10-pound struggle – or just in life. I don’t know if we call it a struggle.

Stripping down for the cover shoot, the actress added: “It was scary. I like to do things that make me a little uncomfortable because I think there’s growth. I’m not a person who likes to be naked by any stretch of the imagination…. And I loved that.

Duff previously opened up about her body pride in her interview with Women’s health.

“I’m proud of my body,” she told the magazine. “I am proud that he gave me three children. I have come to a place where I am at peace with the changes my body has been through. I also want people to know that a makeup artist was there to shine all over my body and someone put me in the most flattering position.

“We bust our asses to get our bodies in shape and to look the best we can,” she noted. “We get facials and Botox and our hair is styled and highlights and brows and lashes and all that s**t. But I want to work inside. This is the most important part of the system.

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