Nothing angers me more than when I hear someone say: ‘Oh, I’m a vegan. I would never hurt an animal. Those poor innocent souls’ as they’re trotting around in their leather boots, with their cashmere scarves pinned to their décolletage bunched up to their chins and their Chanel bag swung around their shoulders.
If I had my way, the fashion industry would be completely animal free. Obviously this isn’t something I can’t change single-handedly but it’s a challenge that I plan to tackle nonetheless.
How would you feel if I ripped your hair out (without anaesthetic) and used it for a wig? How would you feel if I took a knife to your skin and pulled it off to make handbag? How would you feel if I pinned you up by your feet and put a blunt razor to your face? This is what cows, snakes, sheep, rabbits, dogs, birds (to name a few) go through every single day for selfish fashionistas.
I remember when I was growing up and I’d go to a shoe shop with my grandma, she’d say: ‘Oo the leather on these is good quality.’ At the time I thought nothing of it but then I became questioning why I need to wear leather on my feet or on my back? What benefit does this have?
With beautiful alternatives to leather, suede, fur, wool, and silk available at a fraction of the price of the real thing, I see no reason why people would WANT to harm animals for the sake of fashion?
Every piece of clothing I’m wearing in these shots are vegan. They’re all from high street stores and no animals have been harmed or used against their will to create these items. The bodysuit I’m wearing is from Pretty Little Thing and is 95 per cent Viscose and five per cent Elastane. It’s not overly thick but I can just throw a jumper over top of this to ensure I’m all snuggly over winter.
The flannel is actually from an Australian store called Cotton On but it’s 100 per cent cotton and is really soft. You can get a similar one from H&M but make sure you get a flannel rather than a tartan shirt otherwise there’s a high chance it could be made of wool – something we want to stay away from.
My jeans are Levi’s and are made of denim. Denim is probably the easiest vegan product to buy as it’ll always be cruelty-free – unless it has pearls or some leather glued on to the pockets etc.
I can’t actually find these boots online anymore but I’m pretty certain I got them from Boohoo for around £30. These are made from polyurethane and are perfectly durable for the rain, which is vital considering it chucks it down almost every day in the UK at the moment!
You need to be extra careful with shoes because sometimes online sites will list their products as being made from “other materials”, which frightens me because what is ‘other materials’? What are they trying to cover up? I will give any items with this label a wide berth to be extra careful.
If you’re buying from a store, check the bottom label as it’ll usually have something that looks like this (below):
My sunglasses are Quay Australia – they have a gorgeous range online but I actually picked mine up from Topshop. I usually prefer Ray Ban (without the case) when it comes to sunnies but I adore the reflective lenses on these, although they’re not great at staying on my face!