I'm a 23 year old pre-med student and part-time model. I have been a vegan for a year now. My journey has been rather long, as convenience was the main reason I did not become vegan sooner. I first tried to go plant based many years ago for modeling (to maintain a slim figure) and health reasons, I failed after three months. Then, I tried being pescatarian, which lasted for about a one year. I still spent much of my time researching a vegan lifestyle by following youtubers, vegan doctors, and Facebook vegan groups. Eventually I told myself I had to change for good and for the animals, not myself.
I’m very proud of myself because I used to be a huge meat eater. I never cared what animal it was, I would try it. Ironically, I would refuse to buy fur, I would feel guilty for going to zoos or aquariums, I would feel guilty for buying products tested on animals, but I would intentionally disconnect myself. I even looked up to vegetarians and vegans since I was a child. However, I simply never thought I would have the discipline to follow in their footsteps. I do regret not becoming vegan sooner, but I’m thankful to make the change at such a young age.
Veganism has changed the way I view life and my level of happiness. I feel more connected with myself. Other benefits that I’ve experienced include: I don’t get random headaches, I have a better digestion, I no longer have low potassium and muscle spasms, all of my labs are normal, I have better recovery after my workouts, my skin is not as oily, etc.
At the moment, I travel often with my boyfriend, who is mostly vegetarian. We're always trying vegan food all around the world, which is very exciting and fulfilling. In the end, I would like to become a doctor and help change the lives of others through a vegan lifestyle. I also think I would enjoy modeling for vegan clothing brands in the future.
My favorite vegan quotes:
“Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.” -Gary L. Francione
"Peace is not just the absence of war. It is the presence of Justice. Justice must be blind to race, colour, religion or species. If she is not blind, she will be a weapon of terror." -Philip Wollen