Work it, girl! Sherri Shepherd isn’t hiding her body after her recent 25-pound weight loss and what better way to show off her new look than to hit the beach with supermodel Ashley Graham for a fun swimsuit photo shoot.
“It’s her first time in a bikini,” Ashley, 31, said in a video that Sherri posted to Instagram on Monday, January 21 before the Precious actress quickly corrected her by clarifying, “In a swimming suit. No, I couldn’t do bikini, mama.” For the shoot, Sherri, 51, ended up wearing a black, one-piece swimsuit and could be seen posing next to model Ashley and others in photos and a behind-the-scenes video that she shared with her fans via Instagram. And, not surprisingly, Sherri looked totally gorgeous in all the new beach pics!
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I never thought when I made the commitment to my son Jeffrey to get my health together and get off #sugar that an opportunity of posing for @swimsuitsforall would happen. From the moment I got on the #beach @supermodelemme @ashleygraham & @taralynn hugged me and made me feel like a #supermodel. This #photoshoot was truly a dream come true and to you ladies over 40… please remember nothing is impossible if you focus and commit to the work♥️ God has not forgotten you. He sees those desires and dreams you have hidden deep in your #heart . I hope my #journey inspires you to commit to your health and face those #fears #joy #swimsuits #jesus #dreamsdocometrue #pinchme #bestphotoshoot #bestdayever (#hair @jstayready_ thanks Jay for making me so pretty ♥️ @ shout out to @blackketogirl for getting me swimsuit ready ) #lovetheskinyourin #stepoutofyourcomfortzone
“This was a particularly scary move for me [because] I artfully disguise everything on my body I don’t want seen,” she wrote online. “But I said yes to being in a swimsuit [because] I wanted to encourage you to run towards the very things you #fear [because] there are amazing #blessings on the other side.”
During the photo shoot, Sherri joked with Ashley that she was having a hard time being sexy because it’s something that she doesn’t do often. “You’re so sexy how do you do that?” the former The View cohost asked the plus-size model, to which she replied, “It’s like Salsa!” Sherri then joked, “You wear sexuality like a fur coat around your shoulders. And I wear my sexuality like I got it on a Target rack clearance sale.”
“She’s like a supermodel out here,” Ashley gushed about her friend and, soon enough, Sherri started owning her beautiful figure. She later posted another Instagram photo of herself rocking her one-piece swimsuit and captioned it, “#lovetheskinyourein #plussize #joy #bestdayever #swimsuitsforall.”