Jill Andrew, award-winning writer, columnist, speaker, equity advisor and inclusive fashion educator. She is also the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, Body Confidence Canada Awards, the national campaign #SizeismSUCKS with over 40K allies advocating to end size and appearance-based discrimination through amendments to Canada’s human rights legislation and Body Confidence Awareness Week recognized by two of Canada’s largest school boards serving over 275K students in support of anti-bullying prevention particular to body, race and gender-based violence awareness.
Jill is a frequently called upon by the media and her appearances include Xtra, IN Magazine, CTV, Global, CP24, MTV, CBC, BBC, THIS Magazine (“This Abject Body”), Metro News (“Ask Jill” lifestyle, career and education column), Toronto Star, tonight newspaper (“Jills Last Word”), NOW Magazine, FLARE, She Does the City and other publication. Andrew’s community distinctions include: Premier of Ontario and JS Woodsworth Woman of Distinction nominations and being named one of University of Toronto Scarborough’s “150 Neighbours” in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Scarborough community; two Canadian Ethnic Media Association awards, the Michele Landsberg Media Award, being named one of OptiMYze magazine’s Top 100 Health Influencers and receiving the African Canadian Women’s Achievement Award among others.
Her academic acknowledgements include CERLAC, Soroptimist Foundation of Canada, Patrick Solomon Urban Diversity awards, and being named Humber College’s School of Social & Community Services Alumna of Distinction. Andrew’s doctoral research includes women & girls body image and leadership, race & representation politics, appearance-based discrimination, body-based harassment, and fashion politics.
Andrew is a community co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop – the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore. She is an avid volunteer and donor to many community organizations/initiatives in the GTA especially those supporting Black and racialized communities, youth, women, chronic health and queer advocacy through community service, education, employment, affordable housing, healthcare and the arts. Jill is also a fanatic cat lover.