I'm not particularly thrilled about Freelee the Banana Girls' videos (having watched a few) as she promoted that all women can achieve a thigh gap at a normal weight (for some this is physically impossible based on physique) and that losing your period is "normal" when you go raw vegan.
She does however seem to draw in a large number of people and has a huge fan base.
I like your message Emily, that we each have our own special voice and talents to use to work towards the cause of animals. There are so many ways to make a difference. I used to leaflet and table colleges, high schools, parades etc while in school and working part time (I now work full time and am not available during most class times). I've also written to grocery stores requesting vegan items, and wrote to a medical complex where I work as well as donated a large institutional vegan cookbook and worked with Nutrition Services to introduce vegan options to their menu. The first vegan items are being rolled out in their cafeteria in the first week of April. I'm really excited and hope to do the same with the other medical complex in town. Hospitals seem to be lagging behind other institutions when it comes to healthy food and plant based options, not only for vegans/vegetarians but they need to consider those with food allergies. Working in a medical setting, I see a lot of room for improvements.
Some people have writing skills and start blogs, others have talent with cooking vegan food and photography. My sister is very good at working with animals. Writers could use their skills to write letters to the government or large companies. Or write books for children and so on. If nothing else, one could wear their message on a T shirt.
And of course, most of all, we can take care of ourselves, eat healthy and live positively in our lifestyle so that we set a great example of what it is like to be vegan.
Activism has really helped me in my personal struggles because it has inspired me to take better care of myself and be healthier so I can be a voice for the movement. I don't have to be perfect, or try to be someone I am not. I used to be many lbs underweight and I was ashamed to wear vegan shirts and pass out leaflets because I didn't want to send the wrong message. I feel so much stronger and healthier now. Whenever I feel discouraged or stressed or unhappy with my body, I remember this. I have achieved so many goals as a vegan (my entire school experience was as a vegan and I maintained a 4.0 GPA the whole time and was at the top of my class in Anatomy and Physiology; I got to a healthy weight for the first time in six years from very underweight and as a vegan to boot, something I could not achieve as an omnivore since the onset of my ED in 2006; I landed my dream job as a vegan; I spoke out and tabled at a local college for veganism and leafleted countless schools and city streets and even contacted one high school and worked with the staff there to deliver leaflets to students, which isn't a big deal for most people but I have social anxiety and avoidant personality disorder which I struggled with since I was very young and I had to overcome a lot of fear and this experience was invaluable to gain confidence and be able to achieve my other goals such as the job interview). I'm not famous or rich and I am not extremely outgoing or incredibly smart. I don't have the debating skills that some famous Veggieboard members have.
. Just a strong desire and passion for justice, peace, and health for animals and humans. That's really all the qualifications we need right?