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Ben Barry (born February 9, 1983) is a Canadian entrepreneur, author, and women's health advocate. He is the founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency, a modelling agency and consultancy known for its use of diverse models, and the author of the Canadian bestseller Fashioning Reality: A New Generation of Entrepreneurship. His television profiles include The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, MTV, and CBC among others. Barry has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Times of India, The Globe and Mail, and the Financial Times. Michaëlle Jean, the Governor-General of Canada, has described his work as, "positive, determined action to undo stereotypes and redefine society's idea of beauty."
|Born||February 9, 1983|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Education||University of Toronto, University of Cambridge|
|Notable works||Fashioning Reality: A New Generation of Entrepreneurship|
|Notable awards||Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case|
Early life and careerEdit
Barry was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended the independent school, Elmwood School before moving on to Ashbury College, and graduated from the University of Toronto, where he was a member of Trinity College, in 2005 with a BA in Women's Studies and Political Science. He later attended the University of Cambridge and completed an MPhil in Innovation, Strategy, and Organization in 2007 and a PhD with an Ogilvy Foundation research grant at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2012 . Barry's second book, Beyond Beauty: Discovering, Challenging, and Refining Beauty, will examine perceptions of beauty across the world and will be based on his Ph.D. research. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, and sits on the Board of the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health. Barry is an assistant professor of equity, inclusivity and diversity in fashion at the Ryerson University School of Fashion. He also writes a bi-weekly small business column for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper of record.
Ben Barry AgencyEdit
He began the Ben Barry Agency at the age of 14. The Agency is known for its use of diverse models; those of widely different sizes, races, ages, and abilities. This is in contrast to most modelling agencies which impose strict height, weight, and age requirements. The Agency played a critical role in the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. Barry has been acknowledged for his efforts to reform the fashion industry to more accurately represent women's diversity, and to end the use of a physical beauty ideal type.
He is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the first male recipient of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Maclean's named him one of "one of twenty-five leaders of tomorrow".
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