My name is Kjerstin Gruys and I'm a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University and a Postdoctoral Scholar (by courtesy) at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research (also at Stanford), a body image activist at About-Face, Q&A Advice Columnist for the National Eating Disorders Association's Proud2BMe website, and a published author.

In my academic life I conduct research on the relationship between appearance and social inequality. In my former (more glamourous, but less nerdalicious) life, I worked in the fashion industry, first at Abercrombie & Fitch Corporate and then at GAP Inc..  I still love my glitz and glam, but have learned that I am happiest when my life leans more toward geek than chic.

6 months before my October 2011 wedding, I decided to live without mirrors... for a year.  This blog began as a narration of that project, and has since evolved into a place where I muse, rant, and report on my colliding worlds of sociology, social psychology, contemporary feminism, body image, and beauty culture. 

My first book, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year, hits bookshelves May 2nd. I'm thrilled beyond belief that it recently received a "starred review" from Publishers Weekly, which described the work as "brave and inspiring" and as "required reading for those women who struggle with body-image - and even those who don't." I feel so validated! Learn more about the book HERE

I live in San Francisco with my husband, Michael, along with our 2 dogs and 2 cats. My favorite pastime is voracious stay-up-all-night-cause-I-can't-put-it-down reading, and (despite mediocre cooking skills) I am passionate about good food. I bargain shop for exercise, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, I still can't give up my Ugg boots, and bright green makes me happy.

Read about my academic work at: www.KjerstinGruys.com.
Email me at: KjerstinGruys@gmail.com
Follow me on Twitter: @KjerstinGruys.
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  1. I admire that you know who you are and stay true to it :)

  2. You are an inspiration to me. Can't wait to download your book and start reading. I have followed for many months now and am growing to accept my body more and more everyday.

    Congrats on a great book launch.


  3. How did you do your hair and makeup for the year?

  4. Read the book, she explains the makeup issue!

  5. I have just read the book- could not put it down. so inspiring!


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