Virgie Tovar

Take The Cake: My Body Did This Magical Thing & It Blew My Mind

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This was the first time in my adult life when I had become really crystal clear on what I wanted and needed from others. I have been so used to letting others lead the exchange, unsure how to navigate, unable to access my own needs.

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Take The Cake: Love Letter To The Fat Babe At The Club

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I hadn't been to a club like this one — the kind full of straight men who are probably homophobic and at least a little coercive, who smell like Old Spice deodorant and have enough disposable income to keep an open tab (the kind of men I'd been taught were "a catch") — for a very, very long time. I tried to remember exactly how long. A decade? More?

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Virgie Tovar’s New Book, "You Have The Right To Remain Fat," Has Arrived To Blow Your Mind

Joni Edelman and Virgie Tovar

I kind of hate when people call things “small but mighty,” but dang it if that isn’t the most apt description of Virgie Tovar’s new book

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Take The Cake: Do Fat People Face Too Much Pressure to Be Happy?​

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I think there’s a special kind of burden placed on stigmatized people to pretend that everything is A-Okay. Would I be smiling if I was oppressed? Heck no.

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Take The Cake: To The Man In Seat 36D Who Fat-Shamed Our Flight Attendant ​

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Man in 36D who fat-shamed our flight attendant, what happened to you? What (or who) shaped you into someone who could take so much from others?

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Take The Cake: Gabourey Sidibe Noticed My Hair Bird At The Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

I went to Glamour Women of the Year Awards and took selfies with Gabourey Sidibe!

Earlier this month I flew into JFK for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards (WOTY, for short) and took selfies with Gabourey Sidibe!

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Take The Cake: It's Ok To Hate Thanksgiving 

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It's okay to hate Thanksgiving. After years of gritting my teeth I finally gave myself permission to choose what I wanted to do.

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Take The Cake: Why Does Self-Love Feel Harder Than Dieting?

Why does self-love feel harder than dieting? Let's talk about it!

There is not a single path to self-love, and so you must become an engineer of that process. We have to feel lots of uncomfortable things.

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Take The Cake: Meet Chile’s Fat Mafia  

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I arrive at the airport and I see the chubby, bespectacled face of my friend, Andrea. This was the beginning of my adventure with Chile's fat mafia!

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Take The Cake: Fatness & Food Politics

I became aware that my body creates static in establishments dedicated to amazing food. As a fat person, I’m not supposed to be there.

I became aware that my body creates static in establishments dedicated to amazing food. As a fat person, I’m not supposed to be there. The fat body is the body of the undeserving poor, an aggressively unwelcome reminder of the world just outside the gorgeously appointed, impeccably designed restaurant.

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