I'll just come right out and say it: I read People magazine. I enjoy the escapism, the crossword puzzles, the book reviews, and more. While I very rarely have the chance to actually read it cover-to-cover as I did while I was in college, I still flip through my weekly issue.
Today, the September 1, 2008 issue arrived (I've never understood why they're dated about 10 days in the future) and I had a few moments to read it. You could imagine my surprise upon finding 2 separate and positive mentions of veganism.
The first was a letter from a reader who proclaimed her fierce love for Pamela Anderson. The reader listed Anderson's PETA work and the fact that she is "one of the animal world's staunchest allies" as the reasons for this love. I think it's pretty awesome that this reader wrote in to recognize an animal activist (ignoring her personal drama) and that People decided to print this letter when they could've easily ignored it.
The wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi was the cover story of this issue. Inside, the article mentions (twice!) that the couple's red velvet wedding cake (made by L.A. bakery Sweet Lady Jane's*) was vegan and states that all the wedding food was vegan ("miniature 'beef' sliders" and veggie spring rolls got shout outs). The couple also discussed their penchant for rescuing animals and their desire to someday live on and run an animal rescue farm.
Thanks for the nice surprises, People!
*Obviously, celebrities get special treatment on a regular basis, so I wasn't shocked that Sweet Lady Jane's created a vegan wedding cake for DeGeneres and de Rossi. However, it's my understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong), that vegan baked goods are not a regular part of Sweet Lady Jane's repertoire (their online menu doesn't mention vegan options at all). My office has often purchased cupcakes and cakes from Sweet Lady Jane's for birthday celebrations and I am always sitting on the sidelines without dessert (which is fine with me; I'm just illustrating with personal experience). I thought I'd better explain that in case you were to start thinking that this was a vegan (cup)cake mecca, which it's not.