Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on weight-based discrimination and body image. She is a contributor for Forbes where she covers the plus-size market and how to end weight discrimination at work. In 2018 she was named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help people who are ready to break up with diet culture. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. Tovar edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press published her manifesto, You Have the Right to Remain Fat (August 2018), which was placed on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer List. Her new book, The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color (now available for pre-order!), comes out May 2020 from New Harbinger Publications. 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 has received two San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commissions as well as Yale's Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco. For media inquiries and bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org.