Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Domonique better known as Deedee! I was born in San Bernardino California but raised in Las Vegas. Currently working for a CBD Company as a project manager. But in my spare time I love making content for my IG as Nasty Vegans. I started Nasty Vegans because I wanted to Influence non-vegans in a different way. I believe you can bring awareness to veganism in a more positive way, other than factory farm videos or brutal images. The content you might see on my page are little raunchy, a little fun, a little cute, a little bold and a lot of truth! I’m also a big mother earth lover, so you will see content relating to how we can better our planet. You will also find content for nutritional facts for plant-based foods. I’m a Vegan for the Animals, Planet and Myself type of gal.
What lead you to veganism?
My husband. Without knowing it! He was vegan a year before me, for a whole year we would eat completely different plates. But every time he would prepare his plate and I would prepare mine. It would be a constant reminder of why he chose to go vegan. No, he didn’t try to pressure me and because It was a constant reminder, I naturally wanted to go vegan his reasons became my reasons. I was realized this isn’t right, Animals lives do matter, The Earth is hurting I got to do something! It’s been about 3 years now fully vegan!
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
For me, it depends on age. If they are young talking to children about factory farming is good enough for them to get the point. I don’t think traumatizing a 5-year-old is a must. Ages 8+ showing videos maybe, if educating them isn’t enough. I believe educating the youth is k e y in making a difference in this world.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
I don’t think it’s every vegan’s duty to become an activist. Honestly, if that was the case there would be fewer vegans. You do it for yourself, your beliefs and if you’re not one to become an activist that is fine as long you are doing it for yourself.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I’m a pretty compassionate person to non-vegans. It’s not their fault, we are brought up to believe eating meat/dairy is okay. Even towards the non-vegans that absolutely go against veganism and try to make me believe otherwise. I’ve learned to grow a thick skin being vegan, but I always remind myself It’s not their fault.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Favorite movie would say Okja on Netflix! A vegan message without stating the obvious. This movie stuck with me because this is what I watched the day before I went vegan! Must watch.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Currently have two favorite restaurants and they are completely different from each other. True foods (Yes, I know it’s not completely vegan, but they have a lot of vegan options!) Every time I go to True Foods I get inspired to go home and try to recreate their meals. They are a very clean healthy restaurant where you can have a bowl of veggies taste sooooo good and a Squash pie that tastes better than a pumpkin pie! Second The Modern Vegan Mmmmm now this is where I indulge my fatty taste buds, they are well known for their Chicken and Waffles. If you happen to pass by get the Cheese balls as well, you’ll thank me later!
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
I love breakfast, so I love to make my Scramble tofu. Consist of Tofu, caramelized onions, spinach, V Sausage, Turmeric, Chili Powder, Paprika, Nutritional yeast, Salt & Pepper and for extra fun V Violife cheese. Video on IG @Nastyvegans.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
You f**** got this! Nothing can stop you. You are making a difference!
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
It’s growing! More and more restaurants are popping up. Non-vegan restaurants are starting to include more vegan options. Especially near Downtown las vegas making it so much easier to have a night of fun and hit up a greasy pizza joint right after for a bomb V Pizza! Also, a Vegan community is growing @lasvegashealthsave @lasvegasanimalsave they are bringing awareness to our local slaughterhouses and going out to health stores to help non-vegans get started. Love seeing this in my own town. Check them out!
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
I would probably say there was the night I went out for drinks and got intoxicated and all I wanted to do was stuff my face with some drunk food. But I stuck it out and waited till I got home and whipped me up a juicy V burger. After that, I knew I had to eat before I went out with my friends, so I didn’t have to go through that again.