Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. She pens two weekly columns, Dear Virgie and Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction (2018). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality 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. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. Her most recent live engagements have included Brown University, the Hammer Museum, University of Chicago - Urbana Champaign, Evergreen College, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, University of Oregon at Eugene, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, Napa Valley College, California College of the Arts, Sacramento State University and Humboldt State University. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide. For media inquiries and bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org.