Virgie Tovar
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Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She hosts the podcast Rebel Eaters Club. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. She is a contributor for Forbes where she covers plus-size news and how to end weight discrimination at work. Tovar's books include the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012), You Have the Right to Remain Fat (Feminist Press, August 2018) and The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, (New Harbinger, March 2020). She holds a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is a former plus size style writer for BuzzFeed and was the recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission as well as the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tovar was named one of the top 50 most influential feminists of 2018 by Bitch Magazine. She lives in San Francisco.
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