ELLE UK Exclusive: Lily Collins Opens Up About Receiving That Letter From Michelle Obama

The 28-year-old actress has revealed exactly what went through her mind when she received a 'thank you' letter from former First Lady, Michelle Obama, after sending her a copy of her book, Unfiltered.

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Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading Lily Collins' heartfelt collection of essays titled Unfiltered will know just how awe-inspiring, honest and motivating the 28-year-old's words are.

From discussing her own struggles with body image, self-confidence, relationships, parents and dating, the Rules Don't Apply star's book shares a poignant conversation with her fans about the challenges of growing up and accepting your (perfectly acceptable) imperfections and, more importantly, who you are.

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However, following the book's release last month, the British-born star – who has spoken candidly about her struggles with eating disorders in the past – gained a slightly unexpected reader in former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Yesterday, the Californian-based actress posted a photo to Instagram revealing the mother-of-two had send her a 'thank you' letter, thanking Collins for her 'kindness' in sending her a copy of the book to share with her daughters.

In an exclusive interview with ELLE UK, Lily has opened up about her reaction to receiving the type-written letter from the former First Lady, who she admits finding 'so inspiring'.

She said: 'I know she has two daughters so I thought I'd send the book because, 'why not?'. I never thought she'd ever receive it, read it or let alone reply, so when I received the letter – which I'm definitely going to frame – I was just so excited. It was a huge honour for me.'

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'I wrote Unfiltered to start conversations [about subjects] girls consider to be quite taboo. I've been given the gift [of people saying] 'you're not alone'.

It was a huge honour for me.

'I never thought I'd get that kind of support about something I was so shameful of when I was younger. And then, for the former First Lady to support it… well, what a great Monday!

'To have her support and her letter means the world,' she added.

Receiving a personal letter from Michelle Obama sounds like a pretty good start of the week, to us.

Rules Don't Apply is out in cinemas Friday 21 April

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