For the majority of my friends and family, I am the only vegan they know - and possibly the only vegan they've ever met. In lieu of this I feel a certain pressure to be the best possible "rolemodel" for veganism.
I feel that I should look a certain way: healthy, slim and with nice hair and skin. The healthier I look, the better are the chances that people will view veganism in a positive light, and possibly even consider it for themselves.
Part of me therefore wish I had an amazing body and radiant, beautiful skin - not just because that would be awesome, but because it might draw people towards veganism. Or simply help stop the myth of vegans as deeply unehalthy, and help destroy the stereotype of the "railthin, weak and sickly-looking"-vegan.
For example, I don't have the clearest skin. This has always been an issue for me, and nothing changed when I went vegetarian and later vegan. A collegue of me who is slightly against my veganism du to concerns over my health (you know, how do I get enough proteins?
), once hinted at that maybe if I ate differently (i.e. a more SAD-inclined diet) maybe my skin would be better. In a way, I feel that if my skin was better, I would better "sell" vegansim to the people around me, eventhough by bad skin has nothing to do with my vegan diet.
Rationally I KNOW this is stupid, as it is not my job or duty to represent veganism. However, to a certain degree, one will always partially function as a representation of the lifestyle one has chosen, and people obviously do
judge you based on things like how you look.
Do any of you feel the pressure to be a "vegan rolemodel"? And how do you deal with it?