As temperatures rise, Ashley Graham is advocating for a summer of self-love.
The supermodel spread a message of body positivity on Instagram Monday, sharing a nude selfie and a slideshow of women embracing their stretch marks.
“As the weather gets warmer, I know a lot of people struggle with wearing less clothes and showing more skin,” her caption began.
In hopes of inspiring others to “love the skin you’re in,” the star’s post included shots of other women proudly showing off their “beautiful bodies.”
The reshared photos, all of which Graham had been tagged in, included a close-up of stretch marks along with the caption, “Beautiful. End of discussion.”
“Believe me when I say your body is beautiful, and I know it’s easy to tell yourself the lie that you’re not good enough, thin enough, sexy enough, ‘flawless’ enough to wear a tank top or a swimsuit, but it’s hot out there and so are you,” Graham, 33, continued.
She saved her stripped-down selfie for last in the slideshow, posing for a makeup-free snap in gold jewelry.
“Don’t let your mind stop you from enjoying your life to the fullest (and remember to say ‘I love you’ to yourself every day)!” she concluded the empowering caption.
Many of Graham’s followers shared their own stories in the comments, thanking her for the boost of self-confidence.
“How I needed this today — feeling so low on confidence. Thank you,” wrote one fan, while another said of their stretch marks, “Girl I have three kids I earned those stripes!!!”
Kristen Bell joined the outpouring of supportive comments, simply writing, “LOVE this.”
From embracing body hair to celebrating her curves, it’s hardly the first time the famously candid catwalker has championed body positivity on social media.
Whether posing for a nude mirror selfie, shooting a swim campaign or showing off her body after baby, she keeps it real on social media, frequently putting a spotlight on her own stretch marks.
The new mom, who welcomed son Isaac with husband Justin Ervin in 2020, also opened up about celebrating her postpartum physique last summer.
“I’m always reminded that our bodies were built to do this. It’s such a beautiful thing to be able to give birth, but I didn’t realize it until afterward,” Graham told Elle at the time.
“Before I was even pregnant, that was always my hope for women in general, that they could learn to continue to love their bodies through the changes and the ups and downs.”