Hilary Duff is being praised for being “raw” and “real” in her latest Instagram post.
The 31-year-old actress took to social media to participate in #TheAwesomeChallenge, an online campaign by Rockets of Awesome to help provide 7,200 back-to-school outfits for children in need.
The campaign enlisted followers to share a photo of themselves and their children wearing something that makes them feel awesome. If the challenge hashtag was used, Rockets of Awesome would donate an outfit to children who receive support from Baby2Baby, an organization that helps provide resources to underprivileged mothers and children.
Duff, who is a mother to 7-year-old son Luca and 10-month-old daughter Banks, shared a picture of herself with her youngest child taken during a family vacation to Hawaii. In the photo, a smiling Duff sports a bikini while holding her daughter for her first shower.
“Today is #TheAwesomeChallenge, and this photo makes me feel overwhelmed with awesomeness,” the star wrote. “The sweet memory of Banksy in the shower for the first time (Hawaii I miss you)! It’s awesome knowing that my body gave me this amazing child and even more awesome to know she will grow up to be fierce, loving and kind.”
Followers of the “Younger” actress and Disney channel alum thanked Duff for being open and honest with followers about motherhood and body image.
“You have got to be the realest, most amazing celebrity out there,” one of Duff’s more than 12.9 million followers wrote. “I appreciate how much you relate to other moms out there.”
“You are so wholesome,” another added. “So many of us couldn’t have had a better role model growing up, or even a better role model now. Thank you for your empowerment and positivity.”
Duff recently revealed to her followers that she had lost the weight she gained while pregnant with her daughter.
“I have been working really hard to get back to my pre-baby body before Banksy turned a year!” Duff wrote in a separate Instagram story. “It was my goal … and I did it! I have been working closely with Erik @theflexiable.dieting.coach (whom I confess all my sins to lol) and training hard @novobodyofficial and getting all my back! You guys have kept me focused and made it fun! It would be without these guys and my home chef @matthewkoma. Thanks boys.”