When Samantha Brick wrote an essay titled, “There are downsides to looking this pretty: Why women hate me for being beautiful,” she thought she was sending an important message to ladies around the world.

Instead, she was flooded with a barrage of Internet bashing and hate mail. Now, Samantha tells In Touch some went so far as to trash her — and even threaten her life.

“They said, ‘You should die. You should be bricked to death,’ playing on my last name,” the 41-year-old Birmingham, England, native tells In Touch, four months after her April 2 article ran in the U.K. Daily Mail. “They attacked the way I look — my teeth, my breasts, everything.”

Samantha says a friend even got a call from a stranger claiming to be holding Samantha hostage. “It was surreal,” she says. “I felt violated.”

Although Samantha admits the attacks forced her to question, for the first time, just how pretty she really is, and even made her contemplate getting plastic surgery, she now has her self-confidence back — and has no regrets. “I still get e-mails from models, housewives and ordinary women,” she tells In Touch, “thanking me for telling their story.”

For more on Samantha's controversial essay, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!