Ashley Graham is no stranger to conquering feelings of vulnerability in front of the camera, having spoken out time and time again about the body-shaming she faces from all sides. Luckily for us, the model isn’t shy about sharing her hard-earned wisdom when it comes to shutting out your critics and quieting that nagging self-doubt.
Graham’s latest feat of inspiration came during a challenge on the current, revamped season of America’s Next Top Model, where Graham has been serving as a judge alongside new host Rita Ora. For a recent episode, the contestants had to participate in a nude photo shoot, and the prospect left some of them more than a little camera-shy.
Thankfully, while Graham knows a thing or two about exactly how nerve-wracking it can be to put your so-called imperfections on display, she also knows how good it can feel to do so anyways, so the model stepped out from behind the judge’s desk to lead by example.
Showing the ladies exactly how it’s done, Graham posed for a nude shoot herself—that is, if you don’t count the glam layers of pearls she was draped in.
After she finished modeling how to, well, model, Graham gave the anxious newcomers a characteristically motivating pep talk. In a clip from the episode, courtesy of EW, the It Girl du jour can be seen telling them, “So you guys obviously saw that I just did this … I’ve got curves, I’ve got cellulite, I’ve got things that I don’t like about myself or that people have told me I shouldn’t like about myself. So any of you who feel self-conscious right now, remember, I just took all of my clothes off. So own your confidence.”
Ashley Graham may technically be a judge, but we’d say she’s also a pretty killer mentor.