Author, body image expert, and fat-fashionista, Virgie Tovar is on a mission to eradicate diet culture and to build respect for all body types. Writing at the intersections of size, identity, sexuality, and politics, Virgie sees being fat as a human rights issue.
She examines how body shame, fat phobia, and dieting are symptoms of a larger cultural problem influenced by our history of unresolved racism, misogyny, and classism. She sees fat phobia as an ideology of bigotry that positions fat people as naturally inferior and a sign of immortality.
Through her messages on fat positivity, unapologetic living, and her own phenomenal fashion sense, Virgie shows us how to assert body autonomy in a culture that doesn’t want us to.
Join Virgie for a conversation on the revolutionary action of embracing the magic of our own bodies just as they are.
Virgie Tovar is a San Francisco-based author and activist, and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, founded Babecamp, edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion, and authored the nonfiction book You Have the Right to Remain Fat. Her writing has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, NPR, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and BUST.