Natasha Stoynoff wrote about her decision to come forward with her story of Donald Trump's attack in the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident 

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated December 27, 2016 05:37 PM
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When PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff revealed in October that she’d been physically attacked by Donald Trump during a 2005 interview at his Mar-a-Lago estate, her decision to come forward was not easy.

Neither was the immediate aftermath, as she describes in a new book about body confidence co-written with Amy Newmark and model Emme. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident, 101 Inspirational Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body is a collection of personal essays by nearly 100 women (and a few men) about body shaming and finding confidence in how you look.

When Stoynoff decided to come forward, she was already finishing up her work on the book. “Women of today [have] a profound need to read body-positive stories,” writes Emme in the book’s introduction, “now more than ever.”

In one of her three personal essays in the collection, “Go Ahead, Look at Me,” (excerpted below) Stoynoff shares her initial concerns with going public about the attack — which Trump has since denied — after the president-elect claimed he’d never kissed or groped a woman without consent.

Read the excerpt below:

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Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident, 101 Inspirational Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body by Amy Newmark, Supermodel Emme and Natasha Stoynoff, published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, copyright (c) 2016 by Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC. All Rights Reserved.