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Beautifully Me

Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

From YouTube and Instagram sensation and body positivity activist Nabela Noor (@Nabela) comes a much-needed picture book about loving yourself just as you are.

Meet Zubi: a joyful Bangladeshi girl excited about her first day of school. But when Zubi sees her mother frowning in the mirror and talking about being “too big,” she starts to worry about her own body and how she looks. As her day goes on, she hears more and more people being critical of each other’s and their own bodies, until her outburst over dinner leads her family to see what they’ve been doing wrong—and to help Zubi see that we can all make the world a more beautiful place by being beautifully ourselves.

Nabela Noor is a first-generation Bangladeshi American creator, activist, and entrepreneur. Motivated by her commitment to advocacy, Nabela has utilized her voice for a number of powerful, yet marginalized communities including the plus-sized community, Muslim community, South Asian community, and women of color around the world. Visit her online on Instagram @Nabela and YouTube at Nabela Noor.

Nabi is a Tamil American illustrator who enjoys creating diverse works that showcase an array of cultures and peoples. His interest in illustrative works started when he realized he could help create representation in the arts and in media for minorities, and he is very passionate about working with characters that he would have liked to see when he was a kid. His favorite quality in art is experimenting with color and what the right colors can do to make a piece of art magical. His hobbies include drawing (of course), doll collecting, reading, learning about South Asian mythology and folklore, and researching history.