2018 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Layla Cameron
Layla Cameron, a journalist, filmmaker, fat activist, and Simon Fraser University PhD student, is the recipient of the 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her work on issues surrounding body size and image, including the institutional and systemic discrimination faced by fat people.
As a Communication PhD student, Cameron’s dissertation research analyzes the participation of fat bodies in reality television and whether fat-positive representations are possible within the genre. Cameron also produced her first film Fat Hiking Club—a documentary that follows Summer Michaud-Skog, the founder of Portland, Oregon organization Fat Girls Hiking, and her mission to make the outdoors accessible for everybody and every body. Cameron’s film premiered at the 30th Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August. She is currently touring the film internationally and is integrating it into her research.