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Director Kevin Smith has shown off a dramatic vegan transformation in a 10-year-challenge post on social media.

Smith has lost more than 50lbs over the last year, since ditching animal products on the advice of his doctor, after suffering a massive heart attack in February.

He posted side-by-side images from 2009 and 2019 on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Me, myself & I. #2009vs2019 – thanks to @ww, going Vegan and Runyon hikes. #KevinSmith #wwambassador #ww.”

Kevin smith appeared in a PSA for Farm Sanctuary with his daughter

Going vegan

While Smith initially went plant-based for health reasons, over the last year, his daughter Quinn Smith – an ethical vegan – inspired him to take a more compassionate outlook. The pair appeared in a video for the vegan Farm Sanctuary before Thanksgiving last year, urging people to consider not eating turkey.

“I’ve been a vegan for over six months and there’s nothing I miss. You’re always told it’s OK to eat animals, and that we’re supposed to eat animals. And that’s just something you’re fed. And for a long time, that’s what my generation believed.

“Now we know a lot better…some stuff you just let go…we’ll be [eating delicious food and spending time with family this Thanksgiving] but there’ll be no carcass on the table…Change happens slow and you have to change the conversation.

“You have my solemn word ladies, I will never eat another turkey. And I will go out of my way to see that others might not as well.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.