Jill Andrew’s doctoral research focuses on women’s body stories – especially Black women who identify as fat (or other fat euphemisms) living in Toronto – and their embodied negotiations as they both resist and accommodate body ideals. Documenting their family, schooling, workplace and social interactions to their sartorial choices and online activisms, Andrew is interested in how some Black women have re/fashioned their intersectional identities across different times and spaces in their lives.
Andrew is co-founder of Body Confidence Canada (BCC). BCC advocates for equitable and inclusive images, messages, practices and policies supporting body diversity. Through progressive programming, community engagement, campaigns, consulting and research, Body Confidence Canada strives to create an environment where all bodies can not only survive but thrive without fear of discrimination. BCC hosts the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs). At it's core, the primary goal of BCC is to uplift bodies and amplify voices
Jill Andrew created Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser and also curated Spotlight, a Fashion Show in recognition of World AIDS Day for Ontario Association of the Deaf. Both initiatives featured racialized models, models of diverse body sizes, abilities, diverse ages and Deaf models. Partial proceeds went to community orgs advocating body image, eating disorder and disability awareness. Andrew also created and produced BITE ME! Toronto Int'l Body Image Film & Arts Festival and the festival's "YouthZone" for Girl's Empowerment, Mentorship and Self-Esteem supported by National Film Board.