Ground-breaking Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author of Refashioning Models
Hailed as a “Hero to real women everywhere” by The Boston Globe, Dr. Ben Barry is dedicated to changing the way people think about women, beauty, and body image in business and marketing. Having founded the Ben Barry Agency―the first agency in the world that represents models of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and abilities―at just 14 years old, his life-long passion for challenging the status quo and diversity is palpable in each talk he delivers.
Founded in 1995, the Ben Barry Agency now boasts an impressive array of clients including Armani, Old Navy, The Gap, Macy’s, The Bay, Nike, and Dove. Dr. Barry is also an Assistant Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University.
Dr. Barry is the author of bestseller Fashioning Reality: A New Generation of Entrepreneurship (Key Porter) and is writing Why Women Buy Fashion: Models, Advertising and Aspiration (Bloomsbury). He is regularly featured as an expert in the media, including in The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, and on CNN and Oprah.
Dr. Barry has served as a special advisor to the Government of Quebec, where he helped create North America’s first charter to encourage healthy and diverse models in advertising, and was the first male winner of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case for advancing the equality of girls and women in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto; a Master’s Degree in Innovation, Strategy, and Organization; and a PhD in marketing from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.