Ben Barry has helped change the way people think about beauty and body image. His research explores the intersections between size, age, height, race, culture, gender, sexuality, and ability diversity. He is dedicated to the idea of a fashion industry in which diversity is the norm rather than the exception. His work played an integral role in changing the global view of female beauty through the Quebec Charter For Healthy and Diverse Body Image.
The Fashion Diversity Lab at Ryerson University, where he is director, has been influential in advancing policy and research related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in fashion.