About Jill Andrew

Jill Andrew PhD(c.),  is an award-winning columnist, educator/student equity advisor, and media consultant on female body image, empowerment, and representation. She is founder/director of BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival, Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser, co-founder of FatinTheCity.com a plus-size fashion ‘fatshion’ blog, and the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards. Her reflections on race, gender, and size analysis through a feminist, fat studies lens is a crowd favourite on-air and in print. Jill is a Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grant Recipient as well as a recipient of the Michele Landsberg Media Activism Award among others. She recently did her first TEDx talk on Fat Shaming.  For more on Jill visit http://www.bodyconfidencecanadaawards.com/

The Power of Words

2016-05-05T13:04:15+00:00May 5, 2016|Gender-based violence, Guest bloggers|

Woman sitting in front of fence“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Words hurt badly. Words can be violent. They can entice violence—violent actions, violent thoughts, violent assumptions. Verbal abuse can be a severe form of domestic violence. Words can be violating.

When someone has had violent words hurled at them whether in person or online it’s an instant trauma—whether we know it or not. Although the psychic or physiological impact may not present itself immediately, without a doubt some part of our core instantly absorbs that shock. Sadly, we live in a society where the shock value has seriously eroded - it’s wearing off at speeds faster than light. When too many of us get to, or have been in, a place where we ask ourselves not “if” we will be verbally assaulted today but “when” this highlights the pervasiveness of the issue.

Inspire Body Positivity with the Body Confidence Canada Awards

2017-12-19T17:11:45+00:00March 18, 2016|Empowering girls, Guest bloggers, Women in media|

Woman smilingAlmost four years ago our lives changed for the better when we decided to create the Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs) – and we haven’t looked back!

Inspired by outstanding body image awareness initiatives taking place in the United Kingdom, namely their Campaign for Body Confidence (2009) and the inaugural Body Confidence Awards (2012), my partner Aisha Fairclough and I decided it was time to create a likeminded platform in Canada. We created the BCCAs to acknowledge and celebrate people for whom their personal and professional lives embodied and inspired body confidence, body positivity, and body diversity in our communities.

Finding Body Confidence and Living Life Out Loud

2017-12-19T17:38:39+00:00August 10, 2015|Empowering girls, Guest bloggers, Women in media|

Woman reflectingMost mornings, I look in my bathroom mirror and say, “I’m a big bright burning star and I’m gonna shine forever!” The reality is some mornings I may not believe it but I say it anyway. It’s my chance to cloak myself in love and assurance before I walk into the world, playing the leading role in my one-woman show. Even when I’m uncertain, channeling confidence and taking informed risks inspires me to live boldly.

That’s my body confidence.

I’m Sydney Shannon – What’s Good About Having a Mentor

2017-12-19T18:56:24+00:00October 2, 2014|Empowering girls, Guest bloggers|

Girl holding a video camera“…Moments in life aren’t just created on their own. They’re shaped by the people you surround yourself with...the people that get you there.” – Sydney Shannon

Athlete and photographer Sydney Shannon from Whitecourt, Alberta is surrounded by her mom, dad, big brother Andrew, and her coaches who have acknowledged her talents and helped make her believe in dreaming big. In the video “I’m Sydney Shannon”, Sydney, who struggled as a kid with exclusion, describes herself as a “product of mentoring.”