51 episodes

The podcast for everyBODY

The BodPod The BodCon

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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

The podcast for everyBODY

    50. Talking Body with Lindsay Johnson & Shane Smoore

    50. Talking Body with Lindsay Johnson & Shane Smoore

    Welcome back to the BodPod! Today, we are thrilled to have a special episode as Lindsay Johnson and Shane Smoore take over the podcast! Shane Smoore, also known as Plus Size Trans Guy, is a chubby, queer, trans man who calls the mid-west home. As a model, speaker, and influencer, he is making space for body liberation within the LGBTQIA community. He strives to spread positivity and hopes to empower others to live and wear themselves proudly and to be their authentic selves.

    Lindsay Johnson is a queer, non-binary, plus size entrepreneur who believes in radical self-acceptance, so much so that they named their company The Radical Connector. They believe in doing deep, healing work to release yourself from harmful systemic beliefs and connect to the radical self-acceptance and self-love waiting for you on the other side. 

    In this episode, Shane will talk about building an online community through his platform, Plus Size Trans Guy, examples from the media that resonated with him as a trans man, and, of course, how there weren’t a lot of examples in the media while he was growing up. Besides this, Shane and Lindsay will discuss the way in which trans and queer people are expected to be brave because of the way they are often treated, whether they would have come out earlier than they did, and the way in which certain words are often used to bully trans and queer people. Last but not least, they’ll chat about having to limit certain things about themselves to fit into labels, why it’s important not to think of gender as linear, and the intersectionality between body image and being a trans person. Plus, they’ll discuss how fashion has kept individuals in larger bodies from expressing themselves. Keep listening to hear how Shane and Lindsay are inspiring others to be true to themselves.

    Lindsay’s Instagram: @radicallinds
    Lindsay’s TikTok: @radicallinds
    Shane’s Instagram: @plussizetransguy
    Shane’s TikTok: @plussizetransguy

    • 47 min
    49. Talking Body with Carly Compton

    49. Talking Body with Carly Compton

    Welcome back to the BodPod! Today, we are joined by the one and only Carly Compton! Carly is an eating disorder survivor, self-love and confidence educator, podcast host, and soon-to-be eating disorder therapist. She will be graduating with her MSW in May with the hopes of working as a licensed clinical social worker and starting her own private practice. Her platform, Paradise Fitness with Carly, is built on breaking up with toxic diet culture and learning how to heal your relationship with food, movement, and your body through a health at every size framework and intuitive eating. Carly hopes to inspire individuals to wear the damn bikini no matter their size and lives by the motto, “My weight does not define my worth.”

    In this episode, Carly will share how and why she kickstarted Paradise Fitness with Carly including her struggles with an eating disorder and her recovery process, how she turned to humour as a coping mechanism, and how the media plays into stereotypes surrounding people in larger bodies. Besides this, we’ll also chat about Carly’s fitness account and how it has evolved over the years, how she came to the realization that she did not want disordered eating and diet culture to control her life, and how she deals with negative thoughts about her body. Last but not least, we’ll discuss the importance of unfollowing people who make you think twice about your body. Keep listening to hear how Carly is helping others realize that their weight does not define their worth.

    Instagram: @paradisefitnesswithcarly
    Website: https://www.paradisefitnesswithcarly.com/

    • 42 min
    48. Talking Body with Coach Carey & Smash + Tess' Ashley Freeborn

    48. Talking Body with Coach Carey & Smash + Tess' Ashley Freeborn

    Welcome back to the BodPod! Today, we are thrilled to have Coach Carey take over the podcast with special guest Smash + Tess’ Ashley Freeborn. Raia (a.k.a Coach Carey) is a three-time certified life coach and motivational speaker. She’s passionate about encouraging others to tap into the confidence they never knew they had. After overcoming various hardships, she transformed her mindset and began a career that empowers others to do the same.

    Ashley Freeborn is the CEO and founder of Smash + Tess, a brand that’s dedicated to creating “everywear” to take you from the sheets to the streets and disrupt the fashion industry with chic, cozy clothing. After finding a void in the lounge wear market, Ashely attended the summer fashion program at Condé Nast, and the rest is history. Having recently collaborated on the One For All romper, a genderless romper, we are so excited to have these pals together on our show.

    In this episode, Ashley will talk about the origin story of Smash + Tess, what it’s like working with her mom, and how she brings a community aspect to her business. Besides this, Ashley will also share her advice for moving from an idea to an action when it comes to starting a business while opening up about a time in her life when she wasn’t as confident in herself. Last but not least, Ashley and Raia will discuss their romper collaboration and how it came to be. Keep listening to hear how Raia and Ashley are working to make everyone feel seen and valued.

    Raia’s Instagram: @coach.carey
    Smash + Tess’ Instagram: @smashtess
    Ashley’s Instagram: @ashleyfreeborn

    For more information about BodCon 2022 and to purchase tickets, click here!

    • 41 min
    47. Talking BodCon with Sarah Nicole Landry & The BodCon Co-Founders

    47. Talking BodCon with Sarah Nicole Landry & The BodCon Co-Founders

    Welcome back to the BodPod! Today, we have an extra special episode for you as our cofounders Jess Hunichen and Emily Ward sit down with Sarah Nicole Landry of The Birds Papaya to chat all things BodCon! Sarah Nicole Landry is a mom of four who loves cultivating powerful social media conversations around life and our experiences in it. She is a body confidence activist, speaker, writer, three times cover girl, and weekly host of the Papaya Podcast.

    After witnessing the incredible conversations taking place in the social space around body confidence, founders of Shine Talent Group Jess and Emily wanted to build a platform that would help amplify these voices and allow this community to share in an experience that would bring people together and help further the impact of this movement.

    In this episode, Sarah, Jess, and Emily will talk about how the BodCon came to be, what the goal and purpose of the BodCon really is, and the people who have inspired and participated in the BodCon along the way. Besides this, they’ll also chat about confidence, shame, and the way in which the BodCon is creating a space for conversations about these topics and so many more to take place, whether they are difficult or not. Last but not least, Jess and Emily will share the feedback they’ve received about the BodCon from the community and how that has shaped the conference going forward. Keep listening to hear how we at the BodCon and Sarah are working to raise the community up by fostering those difficult but necessary conversations. 

    For more information about BodCon 2022 and to purchase tickets, click here!
    BodCon Website: www.thebodcon.com
    BodCon Instagram: @thebodcon
    Sarah’s Website: www.thebirdspapaya.com
    Sarah’s Instagram: @thebirdspapaya 

    • 45 min
    46. Talking Body with Ali Stroker

    46. Talking Body with Ali Stroker

    Welcome back to the BodPod! Today, we are thrilled to have Ali Stroker on the show! Ali is a New York-based actor, singer, and author who won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. She has also appeared in a number of series including The Glee Project, Ozark, Only Murders in the Building, Ten Days in the Valley, and will be appearing as a series regular in Netflix’s upcoming limited series Echoes. Ali made history as the first actor who uses a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in the 2015 revival of Spring Awakening and continues to delight audiences through her soloing and theatrical performances. She recently co-wrote a novel, The Chance to Fly, and is gearing up to release her debut picture book, Ali and the Sea Stars, later this spring.

    In this episode, Ali will share with us her back story, her experience growing up, and how she discovered her passion for theatre. Ali will also discuss her body confidence journey including her relationship with her body, clothes and food, as well as being in a body that you can’t feel. Besides this, we’ll chat about being othered, looking in the mirror for fun versus to be critical, and how our feelings about our bodies change when we want to be desired. Last but not least, Ali will talk about how external messages have shaped how she thought about her body and what being the first actor to use a wheelchair to appear on Broadway has taught her. Keep listening to hear how Ali is working to improve the lives of others through the arts, disabled or not.

    Instagram: @alistroker
    Website: https://www.alistroker.com/
    Book: The Chance to Fly

    • 46 min
    45. Talking Body with Nikki Garza

    45. Talking Body with Nikki Garza

    Welcome back to the BodPod! Today, I am joined by the one and only Nikki Garza! Nikki is a queer, Latina, plus size actor, content creator, and model known for her roles on Dynasty and Monarch. Her goal is to create diverse media that she herself did not see while growing up. Sharing her message of personal empowerment and loving yourself with her community, she hopes to be the representation that was lacking in her upbringing. Nikki will also be joining us as part of our Hollywood and Body Diversity panel at this year’s BodCon!

    In this episode, Nikki will share what her career path has looked like so far and how she had been pigeonholed into certain roles while working in theatre. We’ll also chat about how Nikki was the first plus size character on Dynasty, representation in movies and television shows, and the fear and emotional work that comes with wardrobe as a plus size actor, model, and/or performer. Last but not least, Nikki will talk to us about her body confidence journey, the role that social media has played in this, and the advice she has for other plus size people when it comes to feeling confident in their clothes. Keep listening to hear how Nikki is working to help others love their bodies.

    TikTok: @itsnikki.g
    Instagram: @itsnikki.g
    Twitter: @itsnikkigarza

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Amazing pod!

As someone who has struggled with accepting my body, I find this podcast so insightful and inspiring. Keep up the great work 👏🏻

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