Jillian Michaels bares (almost) all for Shape Magazine

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Jillian Michaels - health and wellness expert and trainer on The Biggest Loser - has taken a bold step and taken her kit off for Shape.

At 40 years old, Michaels is in exquisite shape (for any age), choosing to bare almost every inch for the mag (NY Daily News have shared additional shots from the shoot).

“When I think back on my 20s and 30s, I look better now than I ever have. Yes, I’m older but I’m also wiser and that’s a more intrinsic type of beauty,” she told the mag.

Michaels - an advocate for body acceptance rather than body shaming - admitted she's found a way to be happy as she is. “Do I want to have a better butt?" she asked. "Sure, but I’m healthy and can wear my skinny jeans, and that’s good enough!” 

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“It’s important for women to have overall strength, because when you feel physically powerful, it transcends into every facet of your life... My best reason for having strong arms is because I love to pick up my kids.”

"There are so many good reasons to exercise," Michaels explained. "It doesn't matter how profound or superficial your motives are, as long as it's something that matters to you."

Michaels took her body acceptance one step further than most would, choosing to share her pre-airbrushed photos on her Facebook page.

"Here are photos form the inside of the mag off the computer monitor," she wrote. "Not airbrushed yet. My body is in pretty good shape. I don't need airbrushing there. But you can see how the soft lighting on the cover makes me look way less muscular."

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