I'm an 8 year old model/actor and just over two years ago, shortly after my sixth birthday, I told my mummy I didn't want to eat meat any more. She asked me why and I said 'my tummy told me not to eat it'.
My mum supported me with my decision and only cooked me vegetarian food from that point onwards. I started to learn more about food and animals and explained this to my younger brother and sister and they decided to become vegetarians too. Last Summer when I was still 6 I gave up drinking cow’s milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt and earlier this year I stopped eating food that contained any animal products which is when I officially became a Vegan.
I’m very strict about being a Vegan and before my school adapted the menu to suit my Vegan diet, I would just eat the vegetables, rice or potatoes at lunch time and sometimes went hungry, but refused to eat anything else that had animal products in. Even when I attend friend’s birthday parties I don’t eat the cake unless it’s suitable for me and always ask to check!
I feel it’s important for my health and have more energy when I play tennis and other sports, plus, I’m happy that I don’t wear or eat anything that has caused animals to suffer.
I’ve been cast as a child presenter for a children’s show, and have been modelling and acting for top brands in the UK for the last 6 years. I’ve also had small parts in movies and will be actively involved in my mummy’s Save Me Documentary Film. I wanted to be involved mostly to encourage other children to think for themselves and learn about the various benefits to their health, how animals are treated and how much better they will feel if they choose to be a vegan just like me.
When I tell people I’m a vegan they naturally assume it’s because my mummy is, but that’s not the case as we started this journey together just over 2 years ago after I explained to my mum that I didn’t want to eat meat anymore and she supported me by giving up meat too. I’ve learned a great deal about food, energy and how animals are treated and as I feel healthy and happy I want to share this with other children too.
Some of my friends drink coca cola, but I don’t drink fizzy drinks at all because it’s all chemicals with lots of sugar. I did an experiment a few months ago by boiling coca cola to find out what is left after water evaporates and what I discovered is a tar like substance which smelled terrible and became solid and stuck to the spoon I was stirring it with, instantly! I will never drink fizzy drinks, not even when I’m a grown-up. I took the contents into school to show my friends and teacher and now they don’t drink coca cola either.
I’m happy with my choice to be a vegan.