Lauren Ash is taking her podcast poolside.
On Sunday, the Canadian "Superstore" actress took to Instagram to share a makeup-free, sun-soaked photo of herself posing in front of her pool. In the photo, she wore a black one-piece swimsuit that promoted her podcast, "True Crime and Cocktails."
"Sun’s out, @truecrimeandcocktails swimwear’s out!" she captioned the photo, announcing the release of her latest merch launch tor her more than 282,000 followers.
Fans quickly reacted to Ash's photo, praising the actress for her "impressive weight loss," and for being an "inspiration."
"Yes, queen, go off. You've had such an impressive weight loss, and you look so happy and healthy x," one Instagram user commented on the post, while another wrote, "You're an inspiration."
"You look fantastic," another person added.
Another commenter wrote: "Looking snatched! Love this for you."
"You look absolutely amazing! So inspirational," someone else penned.
"Skinny legend!" one fan sounded off, while another wrote, "Fit and thriving! So happy for you Canadian queen!"
"You know what's fun? When you're living in a larger body, people post that they're concerned for your health. Then, when you transition into a smaller body, people post that they're concerned for your health. Starting to feel like there's no winning as a woman," she penned alongside a photo of herself in a cropped, white tank top, black leather shorts and black high heels.
"To the people who have DMed me this week telling me I'm no longer a role model because I lost weight, I guess my question is, why was my body the only thing that gave me value as a role model?" she asked. "I've never once promoted weight loss, nor would I ever. I just happen to be in a body that's smaller right now than it was a year ago. And God willing, if I'm privileged enough to walk this earth for a long life, my body will expand and contract and change many times over."
Ash explained that there is no "secret" to her significant weight loss.
"To the countless people asking me my 'secret,' please stop. There is no secret," she wrote. "I removed stress from my life. That's it. It's amazing what our bodies hold onto when in a prolonged state of stress."
She concluded by sharing that she is "confident and happier" in her body since her weight loss, and pointed out that a man wouldn't no longer be considered a role model for losing weight, so neither should she.
"I’m more confident and happier than ever before in my life and I enjoy commemorating that with fashion posts and all that fun stuff. If you don’t like it, and it’s upsetting to you, please unfollow and no need to inform me that you did. I honestly never expected the vitriol I’ve experienced over the past week simply because I’ve lost weight," Ash continued.
"You have no ownership over my body. Nor do you over any person in the public eye. And honestly? Would you ever tell a man he was no longer a role model because he lost weight? Exactly."