Layla is an academic, artist and advocate living on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) Nations.
Layla is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, where her research focuses on social justice movements and media. Her work has most recently appeared in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies, and Xtra.
In October 2018, Layla won the Nora & Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her work as a fat activist and fat studies scholar. Her first short documentary film, Fat Hiking Club, has screened at festivals, conferences, and in classrooms around the world.
Layla can most often be found traveling in her van with her dog, Millie.