An important and timely topic, this panel discussion brings together local activists, experts and social media influencers for an engaging conversation about the impact of social media on self esteem, and how brands, agencies and social technologies can help point us in the right direction.
MEET THE PANEL
Lora Grady (Moderator)
Lora Grady is a style editor, body-positive blogger (psyourebeautiful.ca) and an outspoken enthusiast of red lipstick. She graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Journalism in 2009. Her work has appeared in Chatelaine and The Kit.
Amanda “Ama” Scriver
Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a passionate community builder and body image activist based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was the co-founder of the blog, Fat Girl Food Squad and profiled for her activism work by Mashable, Bustle, CBC Metro Morning, Now Magazine and The Toronto Star. She has written throughout her career for Paste Magazine, Sprudge, Hello Giggles, The Gloss and Foodism on a variety of topics. In her spare time, she enjoys a good cup of coffee, trashy reality television shows and partaking in a good chip buffet. Amanda is fluent in GIF.
Andrew Gurza is the Founder/Co-Director of Deliciously Disabled Consulting, where he strives to make disability accessible to everyone within pop culture and intersectional communities. His written work has been highlighted in Out Magazine, The Advocate, Huffington Post and The Good Men Project, where he candidly discusses the realities of sex and disability as a Queer Cripple. He is also host of the “Deliciously Disabled” podcast on iTunes where he makes sex and disability accessible to the masses. [twitter: @deliciouslydrew]
Daniel Reyes founded the blog Do The Daniel in 2013 and has since expanded it into a successful business and brand. With a degree in communications, a background in marketing, a love for social media and a contagious energy, he has helped to create a relatable outlet that offers something new and refreshing to an ever changing industry. After having written for Ontario Travel, Marketing Magazine & UK based international fashion magazine Out There Magazine, Daniel has been featured for his work in The Bay Street Bull, Notable.ca, FASHIONIGHTS.com and SexyFoodTherapy.com. Most recently known for his speaking engagements at Queen’s University, Humber College, PodCamp Toronto and Seneca College, he enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with the students and influencers of tomorrow.
Award-winning columnist and speaker Jill Andrew, PhD(c.) aka “Ji!!” is passionate about documenting and celebrating people’s body stories. Jill is co-founder of the Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs), FatinTheCity a fatshion lifestyle blog, associate producer of the documentary Shadeism: Digging Deeper, co-editor of the upcoming anthology “In Our Skin: Our Bodies Our Stories”(Demeter Press, Toronto ON), and a board advisor to NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance) among other body positivity projects and orgs. Jill also created Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser – a first in Toronto at the time (2006) and BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival which was inspired by her Masters from UofT in Women & Gender Studies. Jill frequently appears online, on-air and in print discussing body image as it intersects with size discrimination, fat activism, race & representation, social media, fashion/clothing politics, and women and girls’ leadership and empowerment. Jill pens the column “THIS Abject Body” (THIS Magazine) and also has done a TEDtalk @YorkU on Fat Shaming & the Thin Epidemic. She recently spearheaded a CHANGE.ORG campaign to help END SIZE DISCRIMINATION. For more on Jill, including her awards and community volunteerism, visit www.
Aisha Fairclough is the co -founder of Fat In the City.com a lifestyle blog and the Body Confidence Canada Awards. Aisha has worked as a Story Producer and Casting Producer for shows broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network, HGTV, Food Network, Slice and CBC. She was the lead stylist on the primetime series Sex With Sunny Magatron airing on Showtime &The Movie Channel. She is currently producing a short doc. For more visit www.fatinthecity.com and follow on twitter & instagram @fatinthecity