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‘Fat’ in the City is a twist on HBO’s award-winning comedy-drama series and film franchise, Sex and the City. Popularly referred to as Sex ‘in’ the City, SATC presented a limiting portrayal of beauty. Our response?FatinTheCity – A lifestyle & fashion blog redefining beauty in the skin we are in. Welcome to our city!
Body confidence, body positivity and body diversity is at the core of Fat in the City. Our blog is an extension of body activism work we’ve done both individually and collectively in the community since 2002. Outside of talks, keynotes and co-facilitated workshops, in 2006 we created Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser which was tooted as Toronto’s first fashion fundraiser helping to raise funds for Sheena’s Place & the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC). Dining with Dames, our girls mentorship program, also connected girls with strong body confident female role models who not only loved their body but honoured their mind as formidable leaders in competitive careers. We followed this with BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival and BITE ME! YouthZone in 2010. Today we continue to organize, program and talk all things body equity and awareness at secondary and post secondary institutions, community and corporate organizations locally and abroad.
Body Confidence Canada (BCC) advocates for equitable and inclusive images, messages, practices and policies supporting body diversity. BCC hosts the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs). BCC is also home to #SizeismSUCKS our National Campaign advocating for an end to size and appearance-based harassment and discrimination across Canada. To join visit www.Change.org/SizeismSUCKSCanada.
The Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs) was created in 2013 to acknowledge Canada-based recipients actively fighting against stereotypes, judgements, policies, and discrimination that attempt to label and discredit marginalized bodies. At it’s core, the primary goal of BCC is to uplift bodies and amplify voices.
Body Confidence Awareness Week (BCAWeek) helps to create systemic shifts in schools and community organizations by addressing body and/or appearance-based discrimination as it intersects with Gender Based Violence, sexism, racism and other forms of oppression through awareness, prevention and intervention.
Most recently BCC is advocating to have the second week of October designated Body Confidence Awareness Week throughout Canadian School Districts and Divisions. On April 19, 2017 Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest school board, became the first to pass this motion created by Trustee Tiffany Ford and seconded by Trustee Jennifer Story. On May 15th, 2017 Winnipeg School Board, the largest school division in Winnipeg, Manitoba passed this motion created by Trustee Lisa Naylor.
Aisha Fairclough , is a Toronto based television producer that detests the Canadian winter but loves stylish winter gloves. A lover of classic house music, musicals and everything chocolate Aisha describes her style as classic with a bit of quirk. Aisha was the wardrobe stylist on Sex With Sunny Megatron a new primetime series that is currently airing on Showtime and The Movie Network . She has worked with brands such as Old Navy and has been featured in the Toronto Star, Metro, Etalk, Chatelaine Magazine, Refinery 29 ,Huffington Post and Essence.com . Aisha is committed to the body confidence movement and is the festival programming co-director for Bite Me! Toronto International Film & Arts Festival (returning 2018) and the co founder of the Body Confidence Canada Awards.
Aisha is a television producer, body image advocate and diversity consultant.She is also the founder of Representation Matters a company dedicated to diverse and inclusive media.Aisha has worked in television as a Story Producer, Casting Director and Researcher for shows broadcast on a number of networks including the Oprah Winfrey Network, HGTV, YTV, Food Network ,Slice, Showtime,W Network, CBC and HGTV. She is currently working on a new series that will air on the Food Network Canada this fall and a short film .
Jill Andrew PhD(ABD), is an award-winning columnist and international speaker often quoted by the media on women and girls body image, self esteem, race & representation, and empowerment. Jill’s appeared on CityTV, CTV, Global, CP24, MTV, CBC Radio, BBC among others. Andrew founded & produced Toronto’s first ‘diverse bodies’ fashion fundraiser: Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser (2006) curating local fashion designers, retailers, and styling diverse models from plus size, petite, disabled and Deaf communities to participate front and centre in various shows over the years. Andrew’s other projects have included Dining with Dames Girls Leadership Series, BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival ( & Girls’ YouthZone), the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs), Fat in the City, #SizeismSUCKS, and her guest lectures across colleges, universities and organizations locally and abroad. In 2010, Andrew was 1 of 120 Canadian women selected to participate in then Governor General’s inaugural Conference on the Security of Women at Rideau Hall and was also one of the chosen Declaration writers. More recently Jill was nominated for the Premier of Ontario and JS Woodward Awards for her community and social justice activism.
Andrew’s doctoral research documents and analyzes girls and women’s complex body stories on how we learn, resist, and accommodate normalized body and ‘beauty’ ideals. Her work explores how our life histories, social interactions and even our fashion helps shape our raced, gendered, and sized identities. Her academic distinctions include CERLAC, Soroptimist Foundation of Canada, Patrick Solomon Urban Diversity scholarships and awards, and being named an Alumna of Distinction by Humber College’s School of Social & Community Services. Andrew has also penned columns in GRAND Woman Magazine, Metro Newspaper, Vervegirl, tonightnews among others, and has received Canadian Ethnic Media Association and the Michele Landsberg Media Activism awards for her efforts. She is excited to start her new column “THIS Abject Body” with THIS Magazine. Jill is co-editing two anthologies on fat embodiment and on Black Sisterhood both with Demeter Press and continues to work on The Fat Monologues. She is still the world’s biggest cat lover and dreams of a world where women and girls can dream and conquer their worlds unapologetically!
Check out Jill’s TED talk on Fat Shaming & the Thin Epidemic
Fat in the City is hell-bent on challenging size hatred b.s through fashion and activism.
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