With the arrival of summer comes the prospect of holidays and long lazy days on the beach, which, while relaxing for some, might prove anxiety-inducing for others. The idea of wearing fewer clothes in front of others can be an intimidating prospect; but our July cover star Ashley Graham is here to try and ease your concerns.
A trailblazer, ground-breaker, disruptor, provocateur, and, of course, a supermodel: she's a woman who wants to be heard as well as seen, a poster girl for inclusivity who hopes to raise others up even as her own star ascends to the highest.
"Where does my beach confidence come from? It comes from a lot of different places," she tells us. "First of all, this is the body you're getting, whatever that body looks like - it's going to be all of this [gestures to her body]. So just show up knowing that the beach has accepted your body."
The 31-year-old, who is as famous for her magnetic personality as she is for her figure, is a woman who unapologetically, unashamedly, owns her own fabulousness - something we could all learn from.
"Mantras are very important, especially for when you're in a swimsuit," she continues. "Maybe you don't feel as confident because you're not wearing as many clothes. So, for me, it's about that moment, right before you take off your swimsuit cover-up, and you're like, 'It's happening'. And then you just start doing it, and you say, 'I am bold! I am brilliant! I am beautiful!'"
Watch the full video interview above.
The July issue of Harper's Bazaar is out now.
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