Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Virgie Tovar

Author

Virgie Tovar is author of The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color (New Harbinger 2020) and You Have the Right to Remain Fat (Feminist Press 2018). She is the host of the podcast, Rebel Eaters Club (Transmitter Media NYC). She holds a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. Virgie is a contributor for Forbes.com where she covers the plus-size market and weight discrimination at work. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. She has been named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine, and has received Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera and NPR. She lives in San Francisco.

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