carrot topless wrote:BB.com only care about selling supplements, so I am of two minds about voting a vegan into a position where they are forced to promote whatever supplement the site is pushing. As exceptional as both of them seem to be, their contribution to the vegan movement will be enforcing the idea that for a vegan to be healthy they must be supplement junkies.
Hi carrot topless,
I appreciate your perspective and I'm glad you're concerned. When you look at BB.com 99% of the supplements they carry are non-vegan and Ironman Magazine isn't exactly the most vegan-friendly either.
But I have a different perspective I'd like to share. I've worked with BB.com since 2008. I've had the opportunity to promote vegan supplements while working with them, vegan books, and even my own personal projects like my brand including clothing. Even their top spokesperson Jamie Eason is a friend of mine and is very interested in becoming vegan, largely because of all of our interactions.
I'm also friends with 2 of the recent winners of this contest and I've been able to work with them and watch them grow their careers.
The winners will have a lot of flexibility to be their own people, with their own ideas. They may represent BB.com but they'll have a way to work from the inside out to create positive change, just like I've been able to do, helping them carry more vegan products, while promoting those products to get them to sell well.
As for Ironman Magazine, without me even knowing, they wrote a really positive review of my book and put it in their magazine, giving it nearly a full page, which was a pleasant surprise. I was told about the feature by someone who read it and I went out and picked up a copy from the shelves. It was very supportive of the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness lifestyle.
Here are a few examples of working with BB.com and the flexibility they give:
Working at their booth alongside one of the winners of this contest while promoting veganism and vegan products, passing out literature, etc.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3qWIGPeY50
They even allow me to wear my own brand along with others wearing their brand, though I usually put on BB.com gear to be consistent with the others in the booth:
And goofing around:
I honestly believe whomever wins, including vegans will get an amazing opportunity to tell their story in the magazine cover feature and for vegan athletes that would include talking about their vegan lifestyles.
Working with BB.com would be an amazing opportunity to create positive change too