The Shape of Things: A Conversation

Wednesday April 12: 7:00PM 8:00PM

#bodypositivity, #Imnoangel, #realbody, #choosebeautiful, #abodyforeverybody, #whatsunderneath, #loveyourbody... We've all seen campaigns like this buzzing around social media. But what do they mean in the context of a woman's life? Hosted by Bustle's Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Amanda Richards, this discussion will center on the different paths of a few remarkable women as they take on "body positivity" and what it means to them. Featured on the panel: Jessamyn Stanley, Lindy West, and Kelly Augustine. The talk is also a celebration of the release of Jessamyn Stanley's book EVERY BODY YOGA and the paperback release of best-seller SHRILL by Lindy West.

Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT. A limited amount of standing room will be available at the event. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the store elevator or at 826 Broadway.

Jessamyn Stanley is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star (@mynameisjessamyn). She has been profiled and/or featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Good Morning America, New York, Glamour, Shape, People, and the Huffington Post, among others. When she’s not on the road teaching, she lives in Durham, North Carolina. Visit her online at:

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an Internet troll who impersonated her dead father. She also was listed as "Internet's Most Fascinating of 2015" by, and helped launch the viral #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag in defense of women's reproductive rights.

Kelly Augustine is a 30-year old Fashion Marketer living in NYC. Usually referred to as the concrete jungle, Kelly's confidence can be compared to that of a rose that blooms from the pavement. Her blog encompasses her confident and vivacious personality as she shares her interests and experiences centered around her personal style with a focus on plus-size fashion, beauty and cosmetics, natural hair, and documented voyages throughout the Big Apple and abroad.