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When Virgie was a little girl, she felt happy and comfortable in her body. But as she encountered kids at school, she learned to be ashamed of her body. For twenty years she dieted and put off truly living her life: she’d wear the bathing suit later. Travel later. Live her life, later. Then, as a grad student, she discovered the discipline of fat studies, and began conducting research and interviews with fat women, which opened her eyes to the cultural implications of fat and body shaming. And then, she attended a conference that changed her life. On this episode, Virgie shares how that one moment inspired her to become a sought-after speaker on body positivity, and author of four books, including her upcoming book Flawless: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color.