We’re thrilled to announce that Michelle Elman’s brilliant book about body positivity, Am I Ugly?, was published in paperback today by Head of Zeus.

Every month 10,000 people Google the question ‘am I ugly?’ This book is for them.

Am I Ugly? follows Elman’s journey through 15 surgeries and body-confidence issues to embrace her scars and her body. It grapples with disordered eating, PTSD, and the interplay between beauty and illness.

With the honesty of memoirs like Brain on Fire; the tone of Body Positive Power; and the inclusiveness of Brene Brown, this is an exploration of dealing with society’s idealized image when you’re living in a body with scars.

The book has already generated glowing reviews following its hardback publication, and Michelle has received a lot of exposure from the press:

A 21-year-old life coach in London has become an Instagram star and viral inspiration after sharing her bikini photos and an inspiring video” Fox News.

Michelle’s post has certainly made an impact on so many people who needed a pick-me-up, and we just hope that anyone else feeling insecure due to clothes sizes somehow find themselves scrolling onto her post, too” Metro.

She is a body-positive activist and 5-board accredited body-confidence coach. She has over 128k followers on Instagram and has gone viral five times for her #ScarredNotScared campaign and body-positivity posts.

Michelle has worked with Boots and has appeared on Sky NewsBBC Radio London and in over three hundred press articles worldwide.

Michelle has written several articles for national newspapers, one of which appeared on the front page of the Daily Mail Femail magazine.

You can find out more here.