Pastry co-founder Angela Simmons is the next celebrity to bare it all for PETA’s latest campaign. The 24 year-old daughter of Run DMC’s Rev. Run, posed classily for the non-profit’s latest vegetarianism spread with the message of “Eating Meat Is a Sin: Go Vegetarian”. In an interview with the organization, Angela shared how her uncle Russell Simmons inspired her adoption of a vegetarian diet:
I went on PETA.org one day and at the time i wasn’t a vegetarian yet, and I was making the whole transition. I’m a vegetarian now. I really want people to know what happens to animals. They have feelings. I think it’s important that we take action. [...] I want to open people’s eyes up and I want people to check it out. I want to help raise money. I want do things. I want to help.
My uncle, Russell Simmons has been a vegen for a really long time. When I was younger, he was vegan and I kind of paid attention here and there. He let me watch a video that kind of threw me off and was like, ‘I don’t want to eat any meat.’ At first I was really afraid of doing it because I’m like ‘protein, I’m not going to feel good. I’m going to feel weak.’ There’s protein in a lot things and I’m happy with it. I feel lighter. It’s a good feeling.
According to the animal rights organization, adopting a vegetarian diet is the best thing that you can do for your health. Meat consumption has been linked to our nation’s biggest ailments, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, strokes, and cancer. The American Dietetic Association states that vegetarian or vegan diets “are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
Watch: Angela Simmons’ Interview w/ PETA.org
To learn more, you can head on over to PETA.org for their free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, where you’ll find hundreds of free recipes to get your vegetarian diet started.