Laquisha Hall, Mrs. Essence 2013, is no stranger to challenging stereotypes.  The beauty queen has had to fight naysayers who have said that she is, "too skinny."  An educator in the Baltimore Public School System, Laquisha decided to do something for young girls who have had to deal with being told they are too skinny, or ridiculed for having eating disorders they don't have.

"My issue has always been that I cannot gain weight," says Laquisha.  "I've tried protein shakes, eating ridiculous amounts of calories, and I've just never been able to gain the weight. When some of my students started coming to me about the same issue, I decided to write a book for them."

Positively Bodyful is a Laquisha's new book.  According to the book description:
Are you comparing yourself to others or putting yourself down? If so, you are not alone. As a young lady, you are going through a lot of changes in your body. And, as your body changes, so does your image of yourself. It is not always easy to like every part of your looks, but when you get stuck on the negatives it can really bring down your self-esteem. Written by a woman who was teased for being "skinny" throughout her life, this journal will encourage you to use your creativity to keep your mind positive. Prepare yourself to step into your Queendom!
The book is currently available wherever books are sold, and can be purchased online at

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