Jill Andrew PhD(c.)@JILLSLASTWORD, is an award-winning columnist and international speaker often quoted by the media on body image, self esteem, race & representation, and empowerment. Jill’s appeared on CityTV, CTV, Global, CP24, MTV, CBC Radio, BBC among others. Andrew reportedly produced Toronto’s first ‘diverse bodies’ fashion fundraiser: Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser (2006) curating local fashion designers and retailers to style diverse models plus size, petite, disabled and Deaf communities to participate front and center 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) @BCCAwards, www.FatinTheCity.com @FatinTheCity, a fatshion blog co-founded with her partner Aisha Fairclough a TV producer, and Andrew’s guest lectures at academic, corporate and non-profit organizations. 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. 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 from our various sites of learning such as our families, working and schooling sites to our wardrobes and more. 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. Andrew just completed her foreword for the upcoming U.S. title The Little Book of Big Babes by Rachelle Abellar andis also co-editing an anthology on body image while working on Fat in The City:The Fat Monologues on the side. Yes, Jill often admits she needs more sleep! She is still the world’s biggest cat lover as evidenced by her most recent hit PURR Toronto Feline Film & Arts Fest @PURRToronto which debuted to a packed house on August 8, 2015 ~ World Cat Day inside Purina PawsWay.