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Our Team

Taryn Brumfitt and Dr Zali Yager may come from different backgrounds and lived experiences but they share one common goal – to ensure that no kids are held back by their beliefs about their bodies. Taryn and Zali have dedicated their careers (and lives) to all things body image, and between them they have 30 years’ combined experience, 50 published papers, five books, two films and seven kids. This dynamic duo knows a thing or two about body image – and they’re joining forces to change the world.

Meet our founders

taryn brumfitt

Co-Executive Director,
The Embrace Collective

Taryn Brumfitt is the 2023 Australian of the Year and the co-Executive Director of The Embrace Collective.

A bestselling author and director of the inspiring social-change documentaries Embrace and EMBRACE KIDS, Taryn’s global crusade to end the body dissatisfaction epidemic has seen her recognised by UN Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute. Her talk at Google HQ in Silicon Valley was live-streamed to every Google office in the world.

Taryn was a South Australian finalist in the 2019 Australian of the Year awards, and named in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards in 2018. In the same year, she received the SA Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership from Women and Leadership Australia and was crowned EY Entrepreneur of the Year, South Australia.

A two-time marathon runner, lover of life and people, and mum to four children, Taryn remains humble, proud and determined to make the biggest impact the world has ever seen on body image and self-love.

dr zali yager

Co-Executive Director,
The Embrace Collective

Dr Zali Yager is the co-Executive Director of The Embrace Collective and Honorary Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University.

Zali has a health and physical education background, and is an internationally recognised expert in the body image space, known for figuring out ‘what works’ to build body image in school and community settings, as well as her work on the Body Confident Mums project.

A 2021 Westpac Social Change Fellow who has presented her work around the world, Zali is ridiculously passionate and driven by the desire to make this research matter and create a safer body image environment for the next generation.

Zali is also a mum of three, and when she’s not at her computer, you will usually find her at the beach.

our contributors


Accredited Practicing Dietitian,
Melbourne, Australia

Anupa Roper

Body Image Advocate,

Dr. Jo Doley

Lecturer in Psychology,
Victoria University, Australia

Dr. Veya Seekis

Lecturer in Applied Psychology,
Griffith University, Australia

Dr. Thea Bardin

Clinical Psychologist,
United States of America

Anke Kleim

Doctoral Researcher,
University of Strathklyde, UK

Temitope ayanyemi

Podcaster, Love & Self Esteem 
Lagos, Nigeria

Louisa Hoey

Clinical and Health Psychologist
Melbourne, Australia

Phaedra Longhurst

PhD Student,
Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Claudia Ogden

Associate Registered Nutritionist
Canterbury, New Zealand

Brydie Pendergast

Health Promotion Dietitian,
Albury, Australia

Dr. Jade Parnell

Research fellow
Centre for Appearance Research UK

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