Dr. Ben Barry | Speaking
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I am humbled to have been invited to share my experience and research with the industry, academic and public. I welcome invitations to speak and I always tailor my address to the specific audience. For bookings, please contact my speaking agency Speakers Spotlight


Toronto Men’s Fashion Week
August 18, 2015

I was a member of a panel for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. To an audience of fashion media and industry, I shared insights cleaned from my research on the new male fashion consumer and how to effectively engage him in the market. I spoke about men’s body image, social media use, fashion models and fit.


Ryerson Convocation
June 8, 2015

It was a huge honour to deliver the convocation speech to the 2015 graduates of Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design. In my address, I spoke about the importance or pivoting, the power of the creative industries and the need to focus on wellbeing. My fiancé provided a great summary of the 7 main lessons on his blog The Pivoter here


Ryerson Image Centre
February 23, 2015

I was a member of the panel on fashion and glamour alongside Jeanne Beker and Stacey McKenzie. I spoke about the how fashion and self-presentation have been—and continue to be used—by marginalized communities to disrupt limiting identity categories, create inclusive identities and claim their space in the world.


Guardian Hay Festival
May 29, 2010
Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK.

In a talk called “The Body Revolution,” I shared my research on women, diversity and fashion with a public audience. I spoke about the reasons behind the lack of diversity in fashion as well as those underlying the current shift towards diversity in fashion. I shared the voices of the women I interviewed, explaining the impact that different types of models had on their body image and consumer attitudes.