For Lindy West, the quest to gain acceptable and less upset weight is more or less her life’s calling. She’s an extremely talented author, but arguably her biggest obsession is flaunting her plus size and insisting that all plus size women be treated with the respect they deserve. Call her the defender of everyone’s right to live in the body they like and you won’t be far from the truth.

Biography of Lindy West

Lindy West is an American activist, writer and comedian. She was born on March 9th , 1982. She is traditionally from Seattle, Washington. Lindy is the daughter of a nurse named Ingrid and her father, Paul West, was a musician. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.

She started her professional career in 2009, where she started working as a film editor for Seattle’s alternative weekly called The Stranger. Lindy moved to Los Angeles in 2011, but she didn’t stop writing for The Stranger until September 2012.

After moving to Los Angeles, she began working for Jezebel as an editor, where she began writing about racism, fat-shaming, and sexism. Her work for Jezebel has received rave reviews and huge publications and has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, New York Daily News, GQ to name a few.

In 2013, she received recognition and recognition when she won the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award presented to her in New York by Jane Fonda. She then went on September 19th , 2015, to co-found “Scream Your Abortion”. Shout Your Abortion is a social media campaign where people online share their experiences online without “shame, sadness or regret”, with the aim of ending the shame. This campaign was in response to efforts by the United States government to fund Planned Parenthood.

In 2016, she gained further recognition for her book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, when she won The Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature. Later on July 1 st 2017, she became the new Opinion Editor for The New York Times, having written two columns for The Times in 2016 where her pieces focused on popular culture, feminism, the social equality and justice as well as body image.

In her book, she detailed society’s fixation on thin women. She is a critique of the popular perception in modern society (fueled by the media) that thin is more attractive. She also goes further to explain why she is fat and fat rather than skinny. West also said this about fat female models, recalling that as a child she never saw anyone remotely like her on TV, or in movies, or in video games, or in children’s theater, or anywhere in my line of sight.

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She joked that there were just no young, funny, capable, strong, good fat girls. She said a fat man can be Tony Soprano, he can be Dan from Roseanne (always my No1 celebrity crush), and he can be John Candy, funny without being a human sight gag. But fat women were asexual mothers, pathetic punch lines, or horrible villains.


Lindy West got married on the 11th of July 2015; she married musician and writer Ahamefule J. Oluo who is the younger brother of Seattle writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo.

Her husband Oluo is biracial whose father is a Nigerian immigrant while her mother is an American from Kansas. He is a comedian who has had a close collaboration with comedian Hari Kondabolu, who in 2010 described him as “my great friend and writing partner”. Oluo has performed as a trumpeter and has performed with a host of many prominent and famous bands including Das Racist, Wayne Horvitz, Hey Marseilles, Julian Priester and Macklemore.

Ahamefule is currently a member of the jazz quartet Révélation Industriel. He is also the winner of the 2014 Stranger Genius Award. The other members of the Quartet are D’Vonne Lewis who played drums, Evan Flory-Barnes who plays bass and Josh Rawlings who plays keyboards. He also gained more recognition in 2012 when he was selected as Seattle City Hall’s first Artist-in-Residence.

Facts You Need To Know About Lindy West

  • In January 2107, Lindy West deactivated her Twitter account to “protest” social media’s unwillingness to clamp down on far-right movements’ use of the platform to spread hatred, racism and anti-Semitism.
  • Lindy is the author of Shrill: Notes from a Strong Woman.