Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Amorina Spinardi, I’m from Brazil and I live in Sao Paulo. I graduated with a degree in Communication. I work as a model as well. My Instagram profile is: @amorina.spinardi
What lead you to veganism? How long ago?
For me, veganism is a process that involves more than food. It is really difficult to be 100% vegan. I believe only few people are close to being 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Most people will need to take a medicine or do some treatment that was tested on animals (just an example of something we can’t control). But I think the society is walking in the direction of a cruelty-free life.
The transition to vegan food was a natural process. When I quit meat naturally my body stopped wanting milk and cheese. It wasn’t too hard. I have been vegan for 1 1/2 years now.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
Naturally, I didn’t tried too hard. I used my beauty products until they were gone. With clothing, I donated most of it and sold shoes and bags. Now I don’t buy leather products anymore.
Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism?
I don’t have kids but my family is open-minded about this subject, they live in the country side in Brazil, which makes it more difficult to find vegan options, but they don’t really like meat. They eat fish once in a while and don’t drink animal milk anymore. When I’m there they try to keep up with me. They know it’s a healthier and more conscious lifestyle.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
Of course, when they are old enough to understand what is actually going on. The documentaries should be played in all schools as information. But I think we would teach kids to respect other beings from day one.
What does being vegan mean to you?
I don’t like to hurt any beings. When bugs enter in my house in Brazil, we usually just put them outside, but is hard with mosquitos, especially during summer. I think that having a positive approach to companies who aren’t vegan offering vegan options is more efficient than trying to boycott brands. I want to show these companies that the vegan community is getting bigger and we’re here to spend our money on vegan products. The more options we have, the more we will spend. If they want to sell, we want to buy. Soon they will realize that it is more lucrative to invest in vegan products. Then hopefully their ways of production will change for the better.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
No. People are responsible for their own choices. Is hard to shut up when you finally open your eyes to the truth, but I respect people that change their own lives, they’re already doing their part.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I’ve learned that each individual has their own journey. Nobody can force somebody to change. The change comes from the heart. One day everybody will wake up.
Any recommended Vegan books?
I like books about health in general, How Not to Die is a good one.
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
There’s so many vegan profiles, it depends of what your style is, if you’re more interested in food, in beauty, fashion, or activism etc. I have another profile where I post only vegan stuff called: @_abitat_ but I don’t know how long I will be active there tough.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Gracias Madre in West Hollywood – LA.
Please share your favorite vegan recipe.
Very basic, it’s guacamole. (Avocado, cilantro, lemon, onion, garlic). There’s no secret still the best food on the planet.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
I’m glad you’re awakening, now you know the truth there’s no way to close your eyes and turn back.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
In Brazil things are usually slow, but def can see some good change happening now, especially with the impossible burgers, now we can find it in any burger shop, which would be truly impossible not long ago.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Usually the easiest way is through social media, but I don’t know, I get inspired by many but don’t chase vegans.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Of course, like I said in the beginning we are trying to live without hurting other beings, but humans are naturally destructive, we have to try our best to minimize that. When you’re treat other humans with respect, when you treat yourself with respect you start to treat all beings with respect too.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Boots from Bhava studio, bags from Pixie Mood, beauty products from Pixie Beauty.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
I think you can veganize anything these days.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
When I’m in vacation at my parents’ house, small town in Brazil, there’s no vegan snacks or chocolates or anything, so is a bit hard.