Though some stereotypes would have you believe we only eat poorly, there is a substantial black vegan community. Actress Tia Mowry is lending her celebrity to the growing vegan movement by posing for the latest PETA ad. However, rather than go naked, Tia is photographed in a kitchen wearing an apron made of lettuce.
She opened up about how the shoot came to fruition. Ironically, it started because she was bullied because she is a vegetarian:
I became a vegan and I was getting bullied a lot on Twitter and PETA reached out to me and they said ‘girl we’ve got your back’. And they sent so many cooking books and pamphlets and I was like ‘Wow, this is really cool.”
I wanted to become a voice for my community. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to be apart of this PETA ad campaign. I wanted to educate my culture about the benefits of becoming vegan. There’s a stigma about becoming a vegan, some people say ‘it doesn’t taste great’ [or] ‘it doesn’t taste good.’ Don’t knock it until you try it. The taste is very vibrant. Its very satisfying. [….] There’s so many great things about being a vegan. I think number one, I’m becoming more conscious about what I’m putting into my body. And I feel great because I’m making healthy and better choices. I feel so amazing after I eat vegetables or greens. I don’t feel sluggish. […] What happens to these beautiful animals is just mind blowing.
I think some people are afraid to [find out what really goes on with these animals] so they think ignorance is bliss but unfortunately not in this case. The more you learn about the benefits of being vegan, the more you become alive and the more you become aware of why it’s a really great decision. Not only am I helping myself, I’m helping the animals out there, I’m helping the environment—going vegan, I feel great.
Her photo shoot brings awareness to the positive impact a vegan lifestyle can have on one’s health and how vegetarians help in the fight against animal cruelty.
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What do you think about Tia Mowry’s stance on and her experience being bullied, Clutchettes?