Ashley Graham shares her body confidence tips for summer

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Photo credit: Ashley wears Heidi Klein swimsuit, photographed by Pamela Hanson

From Harper's BAZAAR

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."

Photo credit: Ashley wears Heidi Klein swimsuit, photographed by Pamela Hanson

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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