Whitney Way Thore

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Whitney Way Thore
Born (1984-04-14) April 14, 1984 (age 34)[1]
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States[2]
Nationality American
Education Appalachian State University
Years active 2014 (2014)–present
  • Glenn Thore (father)
  • Barbara "Babs" Thore (mother)
Relatives Hunter Thore (brother)
Website www.nobodyshame.com

Whitney Way Thore (born April 14, 1984) is an American television personality best known for her appearances on the television show My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which the TLC network airs. As a fat acceptance movement activist, Thore has also achieved national recognition for her online campaign for promoting positive body image, No Body Shame.

Early life and education[edit]

Whitney Way Thore was born on April 14, 1984, in Greensboro, North Carolina, to Glenn and Barbara Thore.[3] She has an older brother, Hunter, who resides in New York City.

In 2000, Thore was accepted into the Theatre Summer Enrichment Program at the Governor's School of North Carolina of Meredith College.[4] After graduating from Page High School (2002), Thore enrolled at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, majoring in Theatre.[5] After she graduated from college, Thore relocated to South Korea to teach English to schoolchildren.[6]


After Thore returned to the U.S. from Korea, she became the on-air producer of Jared & Katie in the Morning on 107.5 KZL, a major radio station in Greensboro.[7]

On February 27, 2014, the show created a dance video called "A Fat Girl Dancing" on 107.5 KZL's YouTube channel. Soon, the video went viral, allowing Thore to promote her message of body acceptance and positive body image.[8] As a direct result, Thore was featured on numerous media outlets such as ABC News, NBC's Today Show, and The Huffington Post.[9] In early January 2015, TLC aired My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which chronicled Thore's life and her mission to lose weight. The first season aired with ten episodes, and TLC premiered the second season in September 2015.[10]

To keep her message of "no body shaming" growing, Thore has her own website and blog where she connects with other fat acceptance activists.[11][6]

In May 2016, Thore released her memoir, I Do It with the Lights On: And 10 More Discoveries on the Road to a Blissfully Shame-Free Life.[12]


  1. ^ "Whitney Way Thore". Facebook. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Barcroft Media (March 20, 2014). "'A Fat Girl Dancing' Star Whitney Thore Talks About Body Image". The Huffington Post UK. AOL. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Mazziotta, Julie (March 6, 2018). "Whitney Way Thore Refuses to Let Her Mom Drive After Stroke: 'Babs Does Not Belong on the Road'". People. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  4. ^ http://nobodyshame.com/my-story-part-1/
  5. ^ http://nobodyshame.com/my-story-part-2/
  6. ^ a b Clarke, Katrina (May 9, 2016). "Whitney Way Thore is big, fat and fabulous". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "'Producer Whitney' leaving 107.5 KZL to promote 'No Body Shame Campaign'". WGHP. March 24, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Colurso, Mary (October 2, 2016). "Whitney Thore of 'My Big Fat Fabulous Life' talks body shaming, self-esteem, Donald Trump & more". AL.com. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ http://nobodyshame.com/who-is-whitney/
  10. ^ http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/my-big-fat-fabulous-life/
  11. ^ "» Blog". nobodyshame.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Mazziotta, Julie (March 4, 2016). "First Look: Whitney Way Thore Gets Candid (and Fabulous) in I Do It with the Lights On". People. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

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