Lifestyle Style 'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Wears Red Swimsuit in First 'Sexy' Fashion Shoot "I want to wear something because I love it, not because it follows the rules," the actress says in a new interview with HarpersBazaar.com By Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico is PEOPLE's Deputy Style Director, where she oversees the brand's digital Style and Beauty coverage. This includes running lead on the Met Gala, which is among PEOPLE.com's top-trafficked red carpet events every year, interviewing the industry's top influencers (including all the Kardashian-Jenners), and breaking A-list celeb news (a New Jersey shore native, it is no surprise that her favorite interview ever was with Bruce Springsteen). Brittany is a style contributor to People Every Day Podcast and has represented the brand on national TV programs including Good Morning America and The CW's two TV specials on the British Royals. She joined PEOPLE from Cosmopolitan in 2013, where she was an Associate Editor. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 13, 2017 06:30 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Since exploding onto the scene as Kate Pearson on the breakout hit This Is Us last September, Chrissy Metz has become a beacon for body positivity. She opened up to PEOPLE about her own path to finding self-acceptance, and she’s been very candid about how her weight loss journey relates to that of her character’s on the NBC show. And now Metz, 36, is revealing her stylish side in her debut fashion shoot with HarpersBazaar.com. “When I first heard Harper’s Bazaar wanted me to be sexy, I was like, ‘Who, me?’ I knew y’all were edgy but this is incredible’ —it’s validation,” she says of her photo shoot, in which she wears a low-cut red swimsuit and retro wide-brim hat both courtesy of Pinup Girl Clothing. In another photo, Metz keeps up with the pin-up girl vibe (and has us wishing for warm weather) in a polka dot Unique Vintage dress and belt and cat-eye Le Specs sunglasses. Courtesy Harpers Bazaar Lauren Dukoff for HarpersBazaar.com The actress embraces bold colors and fun prints on the red carpet, crediting her stylist, Jordan Grossman, for giving her “permission to try different things.” But she maintains it’s still difficult to find brands that provide trendy size-inclusive options for curvy girls, telling HarpersBazaar.com, it’s “slim pickings for plus-size women, especially for formal wear.” Thanks to labels like Eloquii and designers like Michael Costello, however, she’s been able to move past that “only black” rule curvy women face. “I want to wear something because I love it, not because it follows the rules,” she shares. “If I ever end up on the worst-dressed list, it’s not going to make me fall apart. I want to look great and feel good and be comfortable, but at the same time, none of this really matters. This is the fun stuff.” FROM COINAGE: The Most Expensive TV Shows of All Time Learn more about Chrissy Metz‘s career and on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to people.com/PEN or download the app on your favorite device. HarpersBazaar.com‘s Editor Joyann King says Metz’s body positive message is very important to share and to foster in the fashion industry. “As the past few years have shown, true style transcends cliché formulas,” she shares adding, “We are honored to share these gorgeous images from Chrissy Metz’s debut fashion shoot — a right of passage for Hollywood’s leading ladies.” What do you think of Metz’s first fashion shoot? Share below.