The actress and former co-host of The View is embracing her new gig as a swimsuit model after losing 25 pounds. Shepherd, a Type 2 diabetic, told fans that her 14-year-old son, Jeffrey, inspired her to “get my health together.” Now, she’s starring alongside Ashley Graham in a swimsuit campaign for the size-inclusive brand Swimsuits For All.
The comedian shared behind-the-scenes footage of her body-positive shoot with her Instagram followers, writing, “This photo shoot 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.”
Shepherd showed off her slimmed-down figure in a plunging black one-piece with a revealing cut-out detail at the midriff.
“This was a particularly scary move for me [because] I artfully disguise everything on my body I don’t want seen,” she wrote in another Instagram post. “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.”
Despite transitioning from comedian to swimsuit model, Shepherd hasn’t lost her sense of humor. She also documented herself frantically shaving her legs for the shoot and joked with Graham about acting sexy for the camera.
“I wears my sexuality like I got it on a Target rack clearance sale,” she quipped.
Fans disagree, judging by the comments left on her posts.
“You look spectacular!” gushed one.
“I love how much you’re feeling yourself with this photo shoot.,” read another comment. “You look amazing and deserve to feel great about yourself!"
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Sherri Shepherd out and about in recent years
Sherri Shepherd out and about in recent years
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Sherri Shepherd is seen on November 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 28: Sherri Shepherd attends Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre Hosts Opening Night Performance of 'Quack' at Kirk Douglas Theatre on October 28, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Sherri Shepherd attends the screening of 'Brian Banks' during the 2018 LA Film Festival at ArcLight Culver City on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images for Film Independent)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Sherri Shepherd -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Actress/comedian Sherri Shepherd visits Build Studio on July 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Sherri Shepherd attends a private celebration of The 70th Anniversary of Israel hosted by the Consul General of Israel, Los Angeles, Sam Grundwerg on June 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
TRIAL & ERROR -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: Sherri Shepherd as Anne Flatch -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: Sherri Shepherd (far L) and Kym Whitley (far R) attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - 'Sherri Shepherd vs. Ian Ziering and Tommy Chong vs. Derek Fisher & Gloria Govan' - The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature former co-host of 'The View' Sherri Shepherd and actor Ian Ziering, best known for his roles in 'Sharknado' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210.' In a separate game, family members of actor/comedian Tommy Chong ('Cheech & Chong') and five-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers) along with his fiancée, television host and actress Gloria Govan, will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Sherri Shepherd attends The Cinema Society with Ravage Wines & Synchrony host a screening of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' at The Museum of Modern Art on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actress Sherri Shepherd attends the 9th Annual AAFCA Awards at Taglyan Complex on February 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Sherri Shepherd (L) and Kym Whitley with her son, Joshua Kaleb Whitley attend the Los Angeles premiere for Disney Channel's 'Zombies' held at Walt Disney Studio Lot on February 3, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Sherri Shepherd attends the Los Angeles premiere for Disney Channel's 'Zombies' held at Walt Disney Studio Lot on February 3, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Sherri Shepherd is seen at the Los Angeles Mission Thanksgiving Meal for the homeless at the Los Angeles Mission on November 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Actress Sherri Shepherd attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations with 'Claws' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on October 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
TO TELL THE TRUTH - Sherri Shepherd, Lauren Ash, Curtis Stone and Joshua Malina make up the celebrity panel on 'To Tell the Truth,' Episode 306, airing SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Lisa Rose via Getty Images)
TO TELL THE TRUTH - Sherri Shepherd, Joshua Malina, Ryan Hansen and Ayesha Curry make up the celebrity panel on 'To Tell the Truth,' Episode 307, airing SUNDAY, AUG. 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. The panel is presented with a variety of participants with interesting stories, from a former White House pastry chef to a competitive dog groomer and a lady with 1000 cats. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images)