by Mia Kang


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An intimate and unflinching memoir exploring Mia Kang’s journey from self-loathing to self-love

Mia Kang is many things: a sought-after model, an immigrant, an eating disorder survivor, and a Muay Thai fighter. Her first book, Knockout, is the story of how she eschewed normative body standards and learned to use martial arts to redefine her sense of self-worth. In a charming, fierce, and intimate voice, Kang invites readers into her world. She once lived and died by her weight, but she is now defined by her confidence in being a woman who lives outside the mold of what we’re taught is “feminine.” After dealing with bullying, addiction, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts, Mia acknowledges that she is lucky to still be alive to tell readers what she’s learned: to not let anyone else dictate who you are supposed to be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419743320
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 699,944
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mia Kang is a Hong Kong–born international model. She has graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated, among many others, and has worked with many international brands. She is currently the host of Bravo’s Spy Games. She lives in New York City when she is not in Thailand practicing her Muay Thai.

Table of Contents

Prologue x

1 You Are Not Your Past 5

2 The Love Note 25

3 A Number on the Scale 43

4 A Slippery Slope 71

5 Beans and Yogurt 101

6 Thigh-Gap Year 123

7 Uni and Me 157

8 Repressed Memories 173

9 Catwalks to Cap Gains 191

10 Nyc to Meet You 215

11 Muay Thai 227

12 My Purpose 245

13 Train Hard, Fight Easy: How I Live Now 269

Epilogue 277

Acknowledgments 281

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