No, Hilary Duff is not ‘aged like a fine wine’

Hilary Duff’s Women’s Health cover shoot has caused quite a stir. The star and mother of three, who rose to fame as a teenager in Disney Channel’s Lizzy McGuire, poses nude.

‘Who cares?’ we hear you say. Well, a lot of people actually.

While some argue for the beauty of her photos, others question whether it was really necessary for her to get naked.

The photos have clearly caused division, but should we always have an opinion about what women do with their bodies?

When a woman chooses to go naked, there is always a discussion about it. Sure, no celebrity is exempt from criticism, but why do we always feel the need to comment on their choices? Women have the freedom to do what they want with their bodies, whenever they want.

The commentary hasn’t even stopped with nudity, with people bringing Duff’s age into the conversation, even if it sounds like a compliment.

Call it Lizzie McGuire fans who can’t believe it’s been nearly two decades since their favorite show closed, but who are suggesting that Duff “aged like fine wine”?

Readers also chew on the content of the interview in the cover. The article focuses on Duff growing to accept her body and reject “Hollywood’s standards”.

“I am proud of my body. I am proud that it has given me three children,” she says. “I have come to a peaceful place because of the changes my body has gone through. I also want people to know that a makeup artist put a glow all over my body and that someone put me in the most flattering position.”

This is all good news – we’re happy for Duff, who talked about struggling with an eating disorder when she was 17. And we also applaud her honesty about the way these cover shoots work.

It’s the framing that people have questions about. After all, this is an ordinary, slim, slender white woman.

And as many have pointed out, Duff can celebrate her body without being presented as an example of rejecting “Hollywood’s standards.”

Lizzie McGuire may be all grown up, but the way we talk about women’s bodies has hardly changed in decades.

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