Kira McCarthy is an emerging Toronto artist. Her work expresses her passion for body politics, especially body image, body shame, body language, and self-acceptance. She fiercely explores women’s experiences of Eating Disorders, weight shaming, and the pathologizing of obesity. Kira has been a Special Education Teacher for 14 years. She brings her love of learning and joy for personal expression into her artwork. Kira began her activism at 9 years old when she organized boycotts against products from counties that did not have sanctions against that time period’s Apartheid in South Africa. After that she moved onto organizing Take Back the Night events in both Toronto and Peterborough, participating in numerous protests, and starting a 6 day sit-in. Social justice and an anti-oppression lens frame much of her work in both visual arts and teaching. Kira’s other passions include singing, writing, and researching.