By Jack Barnes
Wearing an edible bespoke dress made entirely of fresh vegetables, Grammy Award–winning singer Mýa stars in a brand-new campaign for PETA that proclaims, “Life in Color. Go Vegan for Life.” The ad was shot during the singer’s Planet 9 world tour.
In an exclusive video interview above with PETA, Mýa shares how her life has changed since she switched from vegetarian to vegan eating three years ago: “I’m no longer anemic. I’m intaking so many more healthy foods—obviously vegetables, nuts, greens, seeds that are iron-rich,” she says. “Dairy causes mucus buildup, which is awful for singers. I don’t get sick! And my skin is clear. I lost 30 pounds. I don’t have to go to the gym as much.”
And although Mýa describes herself as a “brand-new vegan,” she already knows that the change is here to stay: “[T]he more information about the truths and the harsh realities of treatment of animals … including seafood, including the dairy industry … it’s impossible to turn back,” she says. “Give vegan a try—it’ll grow on you.”
Other health benefits of going vegan include a decreased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity compared to meat-eaters. And of course, every person who goes vegan spares approximately 100 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries.
Mýa joins a growing list of celebrities—including RZA, Russell Simmons, Dawn Richard, Alicia Silverstone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Kimberly Elise—who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.
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