Embracing Our WCW: Hilary Duff Edition

Posted by Hilary Duff | @hilaryduff
Posted by Hilary Duff | @hilaryduff

While many of our favorite pop-stars from the 90s went downhill after their initial debut in the world of show business, one Disney favorite has managed to remain a well-rounded role model for us all. This beautiful inspiration is Hilary Duff.

Hilary started off as a quirky teen on Disney Channel playing everyone’s favorite character, Lizzie McGuire. She has been a star in all of our favorite movies like “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Raise Your Voice” and “A Cinderella Story,” as well as an amazing artist all over concert venues and radio stations. Our girl Hil has pretty much got the whole package. Aside from being famous and all, Hilary Duff has turned out to be a great role model for many. She is a loving mother, sister, daughter and activist while also continuing her role on television and radio with her show, “Younger” and her new album, “Breathe In, Breathe Out.

Today, many young women look up to celebrities in the media, like Hilary, and that is A-OK! The best part about having role models is incorporating their great qualities into our own lives. It’s great to want to be like someone else as long as we don’t become someone else. So, without further ado, here’s your guide to embracing your inner Hil Duff:

Love yourself

The best part about Hilary is that she loves who she is no matter what. It’s okay to get down on yourself every once in a while, but as Hilary says, “I’m ME and that’s really enough!” Working hard for what we want is important, but being happy is essential.

Find your happy place

While Penn State is its own happy place, our minds can easily get cluttered, which can lead to frustration, defeat and anger. One thing Hilary does well is take the time to reflect and relax. She is such a busy woman, but makes sure she finds time to keep her mental health at ease. Everyone’s routine will be different, but her methods are a good place to start whipping up some ideas.

Make family a priority

With school, classwork, part time jobs, sporting events, etc. it’s easy to forget about the things in life that truly matter. Whether your family comes from your home or your dorm room, family should be a big part of anyone’s life . Hilary is on the road all the time, never sitting still for even five minutes, and she still is sure to make time for her family. Her Instagram is flooded with pictures of her adorable son, Luca, her sister, Haylie, her mom, and her furry friend, Momo.

Be positive

It’s difficult to see the light in the world sometimes, especially when we are so wrapped up in ourselves. We often forget to think about other people and what they may be going through. Keeping ourselves inspired, like Hilary, is an important piece to living an optimistic life.

WORK IT

Hilary Duff’s “look” is something ladies with every kind of style can admire. She knows how to strut her stuff, but of course always looks fabulous in casual wear as well. While her red carpet wardrobe is to die for, some of her best looks come from just hanging out at home. Her outfits can easily be put together in a more affordable fashion for broke college girls. Outfit number one is daring and chic but can definitely be made affordable. The cheetah print itself has “thrift shop” written all over it! Outfit number two is summer-y and fun and can be easily imitated with a trip to Forever 21 or Francesca’s. Finally, outfit number three is a bit more bold and trendy but still gives our girl a fun-mom type look.

While we can do our best to be all that Hilary Duff is, was and will be, the best person we can be is ourselves. But, this doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun, try new things and embrace our inner WCW every once in a while. Hil Duff is an icon, a role model and an inspiration, and it couldn’t hurt to be a little more like her. So why not take a crazy chance? Because her life is what dreams are made of.