I went vegan after attending a screening of the documentary Cowspiracy. I was already vegetarian, but after understanding that the dairy industry is a PART of the meat industry, that was all it took. I love animals and I would never want to do anything to hurt them… So I figured, oh well, I’ll miss cheese… But I’m done.
I was a vegetarian at the time. I was in an argument with a friend about eating meat and whether or not it was unethical. She pointed out that I had leather shoes on my feet, and my face turned bright red. I opened my mouth to come back with a retort, but I had nothing. I wish I could say that I stopped wearing animals at that point, but I didn’t… But I DID become aware of it. Then when I went vegan, I understood that that meant no animals in my body or on my body. I sold all of my leather, wool, silk, and fur that week, and never touched it again. Now I can’t even believe that I used to own it… And love it. It feels very strange, like that was a different person.
As a stylist, I mostly help my clients utilize what is in their closets and help them get rid of things they aren’t wearing. If I do go personal shopping for them, they get a 50% discount for that part of the process if they allow me to pick out beautiful, cruelty-free alternatives for them.
How has veganism changed my life? In every single way possible. I am a different person now. It has changed my relationships (some for the better, some for the worse) and the way I look at the world. I have a healthier relationship with food and with material possessions. I have a deeper relationship with animals and I’m more politically and socially involved. I wake up with purpose and direction. My self esteem is higher because I know who I am and what I stand for, and I am proud of my choices and proud of my level of discipline. I’m passionate about a cause that I would die for… I am a different person.
My advice to others wanting to go vegan: I would tell them two things. A) to send me an email and I’ll tell them where to go for high quality, LUXURIOUS vegan leather clothing. And b) I would tell them that this is 2016 and wearing an animal’s skin or fur no longer means that you are glamorous; it means that you are either unaware of or indifferent to the suffering of others. I would tell them that NO ONE had a harder time transitioning from wearing leather than I did, guaranteed… I’m a fashion addict… And if I can do it, anyone can.
Written by Molly Tuttle
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