Celebrity Vegan Corner: Jay Troupe
Celebrity Vegan Corner: Jay Troupe
April 1, 2018 | Sheree Grant | thejamericanvegan.com
"Jay's posts align with his lifestyle,
which has already become a movement."
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a hit with Whole Hoodz
The last screenshot I took was a post I had to keep as a reminder in my photos. It said "even the people who betray you are part of the plan." I had a whole "say word" moment! It felt like someone snatched the invisible pearls off my neck. I immediately went into a place of gratitude, as I reflected on things that felt like they happened because they were meant to destroy me. Reading that post was a perspective shift, kindly reminding me that I am a self- fulfilling prophecy, as long as I am breathing. With thousands of followers, VeganzNdahood continues to inspire, and it shows. Jay's Instagram grows daily.
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sold out over a month in advance.
Why did you originally become a vegan, and how did your philosophies change over time? What became important to you?
So, I was introduced to veganism by my Father. I was raised N a co-parenting household, and my father had transitioned from a vegetarian lifestyle to a vegan lifestyle about 5-6 years after I was born. I've been vegetarian, pescatarian & ultimately vegan now 9 years.
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Veganism has made me very conscious of textiles, and ethical Garment Design. It's helped me understand & fall N love with garment repair, mending, sustainable textiles, Reclaim & UPCYCLING.
What inspires you, in fashion, and how does the inspiration/ muse help you to design quality clothing?
I'm inspired by everything in my environment. My lifestyle & environment has enabled me to start using everything around me to design sound garments from the color of my food to the reflective 3M on a Parking Pylon.
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Why is it important to buy local and support local artists/designers?
It's important to know WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES. It's important to know that no human rights violations have been inflicted to produce your garment. Fast fashion & the fashion industry on a whole has put a major impact on our environment. And time is now, to align with Responsible brands.
|Photo: Jay and his 5 year old son|
NONE. My 5 year old was born vegan, He's very advanced and extremely knowledgeable about plant-based living.
What advice would you give other parents who want to transition, but are concerned about their children's health?
Educate yourself. Educate your family. Follow Vegans N Da Hood for GREEN LIVING HACKS. I just feel like every household- we go by archetypes, that may not work for us- so it's important to figure it out on your own, even if it is exclusive to your own household. Obviously, you'll have your own fundamentals and principles- like having enough fiber, amino acids and water intake in your diet, but at the end of the day, the basics are key. It's a lot different when you have a child who was raised vegan, as opposed to a child who's eaten meat and is learning about why they can no longer have certain foods. It's important to make sure you educate your family, but still do things your way.
|Photo: Jay credits veganism for his endurance as a cyclist.|
How do you physically feel now that you are vegan, as opposed to when you were not?
When I transferred from pescetarian to veganism, it was an amazing change. I could feel the energy from the foods from an electrical diet. I could feel the difference in my energy level. As a cyclist, I could go go on longer rides. I built up even more strength than I had prior to going fully vegan.
Do you feel veganism is catered to a specific group, or have you found that the movement is expanding?
It has been aligned with a specific group. Our community has been marketed poor nutrition for hundreds of years.. so plant-based communities have generally been taken advantage of by groups other than POC.
Your podcast is awesome, and you discuss a range of topics. I was listening to an episode that spoke of companies that buy out the smaller vegan brands, and take over the name. Any advice for the public on how to be an effective researcher? Or should people just start somewhere and grow from there?
Thank you! Yes.... you just need to research... research & more research. We're a bit OCD, but it's all for the people and to keep a tab on RESPONSIBLE & IRRESPONSIBLE COMPANIES.
|Photo: Jay believes in sustainable fashion and |
self-sustaining yourself with a home grown produce garden.
How important is it to be woke, and do you find that many people are using the term incorrectly?
I don't know.... veganism & consciousness are like a trend these days.. it's like a cool badge that individuals wear to say look at me. Looking forward to everyone leveling up, living cruelty & murder-free!
I agree! It does seem to be a trend, and I've also noticed that as quickly as some start, they burn out just as fast. This is why I suggest researching before becoming a vegan, and beginning your spiritual journey as well. If you have a mission, say to save animal life, it helps. It's good to have a connection to something, to remind you why you started.
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Always inspired by the Southwest, West-coast and places N Europe. I love Amsterdam and Holland.
Your name on Instagram is Veganzndahood. What's the significance of the name to you, and why is representation important?
We speak to a specific audience. Our communication needs to be familiar & direct. We cant run around at Animal conservatory's like these other Black Vegan Influencers without addressing the oppressed & marginalized HUMANS Right N our Communities.
Where can people find you on social media? Where can we purchase your fashion?
Ppl can connect with us: IG, YouTube, FACEBOOK & iTunes. SHOP our GIFT SHOP of Ethical & Sustainable Fashion @WHOLEHOODZ
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