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Hats off to you!

Vegan Insider Maria Slough meets award winning Milliner Rachel Warrillow

Maria Slough

The wind whistles around an unused warehouse loft in Surrey. Exposed heating elements and multiple coloured walls are some of the backdrops for today’s photo shoot with the petite, humble-natured, Yorkshire-born, Rachel Warrillow. As hair and make up created our first look of the day I ask Rachel which came first, millinery or veganism? “Millinery - I always loved arts and crafts but my career was as a carer. Working with people in the last stages of life made me reassess its meaning. I had an interest in the glamour of burlesque, it was an outlet from the gravity of my day job but I could never find the hats I wanted. I even dabbled momentarily under the stage name Rosie Derriere for a charity fundraiser. A one day workshop in Birmingham learning how to make hats using a material called sinamay 9 years ago turned into a serious hobby” Rachel, who is softly spoken, considered herself an animal lover and confesses to naively eating meat and dairy until a distressing social media post changed everything.

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I’m so excited to be writing my first editor’s letter and that we are finally, undeniably, amidst the summer season! Speaking of sunshine – this issue we’re taking a trip across the globe to the, what-should-be, luscious rainforests of Indonesia, to examine the devastating effects the palm oil business has wreaked on this stunning, natural area. We also explore how sustainable growing solutions can save the habitat of our characterful, fluffy friends, orangutans, from the relentless palm industry (see page 66). Also in this issue, we are introducing you to the lovely Lucie Shorthouse, a West End star and vegan advocate. She discussed her choice to transition to veganism, the health benefits she found from a plant based diet, and her role in the innovative new play ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (page 16). With so many vegans making waves in the creative industry, our Art Special celebrates the brave names that paint the true picture of animal cruelty, and cleverly portray the need for veganism through their work – get inspired on page 90. Finally, the summer evokes the need to create fun, easy and time-filling activities for kids, but are our most popular pastimes educating children into insensitive mind-sets? Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup gives her view on the ‘To zoo, or not to zoo?’ debate on page 76. Enjoy the issue and make sure to share your opinions with us via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. P.S. Don’t miss our hilarious article from Jake Yapp, who puts a cheeky twist on chickpeas on page 114.

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