Unashamed is a searing, honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she chooses to live her life unapologetically. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Leah Vernon takes to task the myth of the perfect Muslim woman with frank dispatches on her love-hate relationship with her hijab and her faith, on weight, on mental illness, on domestic violence, on sexuality, and on the process of finding her voice. With charming irreverence, Vernon reflects on her experiences hustling paycheck to paycheck, navigating the millennial world of dating, and coming to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope.
Leah Vernon is a style blogger, plus-size Muslim model, public speaker, and activist. She has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Elle, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, Teen Vogue, MuslimGirl, and hundreds of combined podcasts, television appearances, radio spots, and other features. She’s also worked with national and international brands such as Adidas Originals, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Addition Elle, and Eloquii. She received a 2017 Gilda Snowden Award from the Kresge Arts Foundation and is a 2018 recipient of an Ariane De Rothschild Fellowship. She lives in New York, NY.