Am I Ugly?
In today's world of supplements, celebrity diets and social media, it's very easy to be hard on ourselves about the way we look. With all this pressure to strive for 'perfection' aesthetically, it is easy to forget how damaging this can be psychologically. Michelle Elman is a leading part of the body positivity movement that has been gathering momentum to liberate people from these unrealistic standards, recognise that all bodies are equally valuable and broaden the billboard definitions of beauty.
Am I Ugly? is this inspiring woman's compelling and deeply personal memoir that describes her childhood experiences of life-threatening health problems, long stays in hospital and fifteen complex surgeries that left her scarred, both mentally and physically. The narrative follows Michelle's journey from illness to health, and from childhood to adulthood as she deals with her body-confidence issues to embrace both her scars and her body - and help others to do the same. This remarkable book grapples with the wider implications of Michelle's experiences and the complex interplay between beauty and illness.
'Elman is a body positivity veteran ... Her realistic approach to loving yourself is refreshing, and her posts are an important reminder that loving yourself isn't automatic. It takes time and work - but the journey is worthwhile'
'One of the few people who truly embody the message that they teach. Her expertise is undeniable, her writing has the ability to connect with every reader in a way that feels as if they're being supported and understood'
'Honest, refreshing and full of optimism'
- Sunday Post.
'This remarkable book grapples with the wider implications of Michelle's experiences and the complex interplay between beauty and illness ... I was so happy to have come across her story, because it made me feel like I wasn't alone, and wasn't unusual'
- Almost Amazing Grace.
'A truly inspirational woman whose brave choices have created a path to self-acceptance for people everywhere'
- Belfast Telegraph.