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Duff: I don’t need to be the skinniest

Hilary Duff enjoys working out and reminds herself of that if she ever faces criticism for her shape.

The 27-year-old rose to fame as a teenager in hit TV series Lizzie McGuire. Growing up in the media has meant she has always been in the spotlight, and having her figure analysed is something she has had to get used to.

“I just tell myself, 'I'm 5'2", I'm really fit, killing it in the gym, and doing crazy things.' I love to work out, but I'm just not that concerned with being the skinniest person,” Hilary confessed to the American edition of Elle. “I'm not a model; I'm an actress. I always feel like I'm in the 5-10 pound struggle, but my life is so busy. I'm just not that concerned, really. I'm normal and I'm perfectly happy being that way.”

The actress has landed her first lead small-screen project in more than a decade in Younger, which is set in New York. But despite her continuing success in the industry, she keeps her weight goals realistic.

“I'm normal and I'm perfectly happy being that way,” she continued. “Some weeks I'm like, 'Man, my clothes are fitting so good' and then some weeks I'm like, 'I need to cut back on a few things,' but that's it. I don't fall into the trap of having to be 110 pounds.”

Younger revolves around a 40-year-old divorcée looking to get back into the publishing business by pretending she's 26. For the mom-of-one, it’s a concept that she definitely thinks is based in reality.

“I've learned that here in Brooklyn. With all the mothers I'm like, 'Wait a minute, Are you 20 or 50?' I can't tell,” she added, before laughing. “It's amazing. So inspiring. And here I am in my five-pound battle.”

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