Miley Cyrus is known for her no-holds-barred attitude and over-the-top persona, but her latest tattoo is surprisingly subtle for the star. Cyrus recently posted a pic of her new ink on Instagram, showing off a cartoon-style sunflower on her left arm. While this floral tatt may seem innocuous enough, the singer revealed that it's actually the official logo for vegan food products, visible on many certified vegan items.
She captioned the post with "Vegan for life!" with a green heart, cementing her pledge to avoid animal-based products...though we think that indelibly inking yourself with a vegan icon already speaks volumes about her commitment to the cause.
Cyrus has been outspoken about her veganism in the past, frequently Instagramming messages encouraging her fans to go vegan. A recent post drew a comparison between the animals we choose to share our homes with and the animals we eat, saying "If you choose to eat meat .... you love PETS not ANIMALS....." Cyrus clearly loves both, having a few pets of her own.
Though many stars turn to veganism to lose a few quick pounds rather than as a lifestyle choice, Cyrus' tattoo proves she is in it for the long haul. The strictness of veganism may mean that it requires a bit more prep work and planning than the average American's diet in order to ensure all dietary needs are met, but it's hard to argue with the health benefits of going vegan. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "Vegans are thinner, have lower serum cholesterol and blood pressure, and enjoy a lower risk of CVD [cardiovascular disease]." If Miley's fantastic figure is any indication, a vegan diet certainly seems to be great for keeping fit.
Not to mention, the positive effect that veganism has on the environment is a hot topic as well. One study found that "the nonvegetarian diet required 2.9 times more water, 2.5 times more primary energy, 13 times more fertilizer, and 1.4 times more pesticides" than vegetarian diets, and that "a nonvegetarian diet exacts a higher cost on the environment relative to a vegetarian diet".
Whether you're a fan of Miley and her new ink or not, the environmental benefits seem to be something that we can all get behind.