Sami Alonso is Argentine and lives in Buenos Aires. Since she started her studies in social work, her focus has been based in promoting the rights and freedom of women. Currently, she is a proud fat activist and ‘plus-size’ model, and also writes for the blog #SeArmoLaGorda where she debates the hegemonic construction of bodies and the problems with beauty standards. Sami joined the AnyBody team in July 2017.
Yanina Corrado is Argentine and lives in the province of Buenos Aires. She is studying graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires and also takes complementary courses to strengthen her knowledge base and acquire new skills. In her free time, she engages in modelling, dance and writing. From a young age she realized that she felt represented via feminism and body-positive politics and wants to spread the same message of self-acceptance to as many people as possible. Yani has been a part of the AnyBody team since April 2018.
Mercedes Estruch is Argentine and lives in Mar del Plata, a coastal city in the province of Buenos Aires. She is sociology student at the national University of Mar del Plata where she plans to devote her thesis to the empowerment of dissident bodies. Additionally, she volunteers with the Faculty of Health and Social Work in addition to the Gender and Public Politics program at her university, where she is currently involved in the coordination of an integral sex education program. As a feminist, she believes it is necessary to raise awareness regarding the issues related to the non-adherence of beauty, health, and size mandates, and the importance of promoting body diversity and respect for all types of bodies. Mercedes joined the team in March 2018.
Lucrecia Fernández is Argentine and has a degree in Computer Science. She works as Business Analyst in a multinational company in Rosario, where she lives. When she is not in front of the computer, she is taking photos, her other passion. She is proud to be part of the AnyBody Argentina team since 2012 and is pleased to be raising awareness and taking action for women and teenagers.
Ayelen Hamity is Argentine and had lived in South Africa for various years when she graduated with Psychology (cum laude) and went on to do a Master in Diversity Studies (University of Witwatersrand). After working as a researcher, investigating systemic oppression in post-apartheid South Africa, Ayelen was awarded the Chevening scholarship to do an MA in psychoanalytic studies (Birkbeck, University of London), which she completed with distinction. She was awarded the Bloomsbury studentship, and will commence her PhD at University College of London in 2018. Ayelen is driven by social justice imperatives and firmly believes that real substantive change depends on the integration of theory and practise.
Sam Harrison, a French-American currently living in Buenos Aires, works as a copywriter and freelance writer in English. Her writing focuses on feminism and Argentina. Learning about the body-positive movement has shown Sam that beauty comes in every size, and she joined the AnyBody Argentina team in August 2016 to help spread that message.
Sharon Haywood is a University of Toronto Psychology graduate and a Canadian freelance writer and editor who has been living in Argentina for several years. From 2009 to 2014, she was co-editor for Adios Barbie, and formed part of the Global Advisory Board for the Dove Self-Esteem Project between 2013 and 2016. Sharon was the Buenos Aires Endangered Species Summit Coordinator in March 2011, when she officially launched the Endangered Bodies initiative in Argentina, AnyBody Argentina. Sharon is currently earning her Master of Science (MSc) in Health Psychology through Aston University and continues to act as the Director of AnyBody Argentina.
Brenda Mato is an Argentine plus-size model, actress, body-positive activist and founder of the modelling agency PLUS Model Argentina. She began her activism with AnyBody Argentina in February 2015 when she was chosen to be the Argentine spokesperson for Endangered Bodies’ successful international campaign #FatisNotaFeeling; she officially joined the AnyBody Argentina team in June 2016. She lives in Avellaneda in the province of Buenos Aires.
Camila Papa is from Buenos Aires and works as an Art Director and graphic designer at an international NGO. She likes to dedicate her free time and apply her design skills to activism and social causes. Her main interest is seeing how social media impacts and influences our behavior and perception in relation to body image. She is a feminist, a fan of the internet, and cats. She has been a member of AnyBody Argentina since 2016.
Julia Taleisnik is an Argentine licensed psychologist. She works in the area of volunteer development at an NGO with more than 60 years experience in Argentina, developing content related to diversity and intercultural issues. Her interest in diversity led her to join the AnyBody team. As beauty is a cultural construction, she believes that every body should be represented in the media and fashion industry. Julia has been part of the AnyBody Argentina team since February 2016.
Gabriela Zifferman is Argentine and lives in Buenos Aires. She is a multimedia designer, who works for intercultural events and designs websites. Currently, she is writing her undergraduate thesis about female beauty standards on Instagram. Gabriela loves to travel alone and draw. She joined the team in August 2018.
Past Interns and Members
Wynn Rederburg (2019), intern via McCall MacBain International Fellowship
Denise Lenoir (2016-2018)
Agustina Solavaggione Sabino (2017-2018)
Cecilia Basualdo (2016-2017)
Liz Valentine (2016-2017)
María Belén Alcaraz Saint Pierre (2016-2017)
Cinthia Gisele Dalama (2017)
Andrés Aronowicz (2016-2017)
Camila Docampo (2015-2017)
Jesica Formoso (2015-2016)
Jimena Piano (2013-2016)
Vanesa Cuccia (2015)
Zara Benaventos Ceppi (2013-2015)
Ruth Atkinson (2013-2014)
Ashley Baldwin (2010-2013)
María Celeste Cardillo (2012-2013)
Emily Maters (2012-2013)
Liza Orlando (2011-2013)
Cinthia Pacheco (2010-2012)
Noël Salviolo (2010-2011), UCA (Catholic University of Argentina) Intern
Maia Worsnop (2011), UCA (Catholic University of Argentina) Intern