FEATURE: Monique Thomas

My name is Monique Thomas, I live in the Bronx, New York, and I am a Black Vegan who ROCKS!! I am a former professional dancer and now, I am a poet. My stage name is Lady Soul.

Here's my story:

I was preparing for Dance Africa's 25th anniversary show in 2002. 2 weeks before the show, I completely stopped eating meat. The night of the show, I was light as a feather on stage. I had so much energy, I felt invincible. I wasn't even breathing hard after our set was done. I wanted to do our set twice!! LOL

One year later, I decided to take the next step and go Vegan. I got sick of eating eggs and other dairy products. My biggest fight was to stop eating pizza. 13 years later, in 2016, I am pizza free. PRAISE GOD!! I turn 46 years old in July and my body belongs to me because I take care of it the right way thanks to my Vegan diet.

The discipline it took to go Vegan amazed my own self. I feel great and I've never been happier with my decision to go Vegan. For my health's sake, it's been worth it. I am 13 years into this journey and vowed that I will be a Vegan for LIFE. No apologies for that.