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" and The Feminist Press published her manifesto, "You Have the Right to Remain Fat," 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," comes out in May 2020 from New Harbinger Publications.
Tovar 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" in San Francisco. She is a former plus-size style writer for BuzzFeed and has been the recipient of two San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commissions as well as Yale's Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. Tovar 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.