Farm Sanctuary Gala Exclusive: The Skinny Bitch Herself, Rory Freedman
Well hello again! This is a continuation of our exclusive celebrity interviews from the Farm Sanctuary Gala this past Saturday. Yesterday we told you about Melissa Rivers’ green ideas and Swoosie Kurtz’ love for Ed Begley Jr. Today we get literary as we bring you our exclusive convo with Skinny Bitch co-author Rory Freedman.
Rory and I first spoke about a year ago when I noticed something strange in a few of my female friends who happen to be reading Skinny Bitch— THEY WERE ALL GOING VEGAN! Now, after two best sellers she’s continuing her work advocating for animals and honoring the Farm Sanctuary at their annual gala. Here’s what she had to say:
Parrish: So tell me why you’re here tonight.
Rory Freedman: I love Farm Sanctuary. I’ve been inspired and motivated by the work they’re doing for — I don’t even know how many years now — but I will say this: I was working at Ford Models as an agent for five years in New York City and then I attended a Farm Sanctuary conference in New Jersey that my two friends brought me to, and within five minutes of the conference starting, as Gene Baur was speaking, I turned to my friends and I said, ‘That’s it! I’m quitting my job at Ford and I’m gonna become a full-time animal rights activist’. So literally Farm Sanctuary is the reason that Skinny Bitch the book was written.
P: Wow. That’s really incredible. Now you and I have talked about veganism before and it’s something we’re both super passionate about, so why don’t you tell our readers all about your experience with the vegan diet.
RF:I’ve been vegetarian for 14 years and a vegan for 4. It is without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’ve never felt better. I’ve never been in better shape. I’ve never had more energy. But more than anything else, knowing that I am not contributing to the torture and slaughter of animals just because I like the way their flesh tastes is what matters the most to me. It was my motivation for going veg. It was my motivation for going vegan. And it’s all I need everyday to remind myself why I lead this lifestyle.
P: Now one question I’m asking everyone tonight is: In what ways are you green? Now veganism itself is one of the greenest choices you can make, but in general would you consider yourself a green gal?
RF: Oh totally. And you know I wouldn’t have. Not only did I eat AT Burger King, I would eat it in the car and throw the wrapper out the window.
P: Yowzers! That’s terrible!
RF: I was eco-scum! Now after going vegetarian and then vegan it really opened my eyes to not only the plight of animals, but the plight of humans and the plight of our environment. I’ve got my Klean Canteen with me everywhere I go and I try to walk as much as I can. I ride my bike. I’m working on getting rid of my SUV and getting something a lot more environmentally friendly. I’m all about being a better person now in every way.
P: Well that’s just great! Listen I know Skinny Bitch In The Kitch just came out and I’d love to talk to you more about that at a later date.
RF: I would love that! You have my information so just let me know.
P: Great! Well have a wonderful time tonight and thanks for stopping by!