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This week’s “Girl Who Is Changing the World” is Clara Polito.  To most of us, owning and operating a vegan baking company (Clara’s Cakes), being a full-time student, participating regularly in animal activism, running a music/animal-rights/fashion blog (Clara in Veganland), and still having time to walk the dog might seem daunting- but it’s no problem for 14-year-old superstar Clara.

Clara, whose vegan delicacies have been photographed and raved about by LA’s most notorious vegan blogger, QuarryGirl, started her company a year and a half ago, shortly after going vegan at age 12.  Since then, she has provided her incredible desserts for concerts, web series launch parties, charity bake sales, and farm animal sanctuary holiday celebrations, and has been featured in articles & interviews for Girls Life Magazine, The Elephant Journal,, Peta2, and Huggerfood.  Most recently, her phenomenally addictive ‘gobs’ have been added to the weekly home delivery service run by one of Los Angeles’ most renowned gourmet vegan restaurants, Madeleine Bistro. Not bad for a young lady who has yet to commence high school!

Well, when you bite into a delicious, fluffy, moist cupcake with some crème filling inside you get this moment of joy. Especially when you realize it’s completely animal product-free. So if most vegan food tastes that yummy then why not go vegan?”

– from Clara’s interview with The Elephant Journal

Clara truly believes in the power of decadent vegan food to change hearts, influence opinions, and ultimately relieve some animal suffering, but her world-saving doesn’t stop in the kitchen.  She regularly participates in protests against animal cruelty (I’ve proudly marched alongside her in Beverly Hills’ annual Black Friday fur protest), attends & promotes animal-rights-related film premieres (for movies like Bold Native and Skin Trade), and spreads the vegan truth in her blog.

Clara Rocks!Suffice to say- this girl isn’t messing around.  She doesn’t stop at rescuing animals, either- she also wants to empower women.  She recently published an extremely well written piece about rampant sexism in television commercials.  Her message to her female peers:

“I guess my point is to tell girls that they don’t have to have a family, or make a perfect dinner or wear a bikini and wiggle on a car (unless you want to later on!). You don’t have to work for the man. You do what makes you feel empowered and happy.”

I personally cannot wait to see what else Clara has in store for the world.  At 14, Clara already has more poise, confidence, ambition, and eloquence than many people ten years her senior.  Though she is sure to be busy after starting high school in the coming weeks, hit her up with an order if you’ve got a vegan sweet tooth that needs satisfying!

(photo by Schwartz Studios)

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~ Jessica

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Hello lovelies!

I’m Liz, and Brenda has given me the amazing opportunity to share with you my story.  I am the mother of two of the most amazing little girls you would ever want to meet.  Ivy (13) and my youngest, Sydney (10).  I have always been an animal lover and I have passed my love of animals down to my girls.  Three years ago my youngest came home and informed us that she would no longer be eating meat.  I truly thought it was a phase but she continued to stick to her guns and to this day hasn’t touched a piece of meat.  Then about a year ago, it hit me.  How can I say that I’m an animal lover when I continue to use them for everything?  Food, clothing, cleaners, etc…  It never really occurred to me to make the connection until that moment, and from that moment on I also became a vegetarian or what my oldest likes to call, a vegan in training.  A few months later my oldest followed suit and just about a month ago, my hubby also made the connection!

After my decision to become vegan I knew I had to get informed.  I immersed myself in videos, studies, blogs, anything and everything that had to do with animal rights, animal activism, factory farms and veganism.  I wanted to be a voice for these beautiful creatures.  Everything I would learn, I would then teach my girls and they in turn would inform their friends, classmates and peers.  Many school projects they were given would somehow be turned in to some sort of message for the animals.  Unfortunately I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  Everywhere we turned there was constant negativity, defensive friends and family, even the nasty jokes about running out to get a juicy steak.  In the midst of all of this, I found Brenda on Twitter.  She has been inspiring me ever since.  From her contagious love of life and all things positive, to her Year of Giving blog and now the Love Infinitely Project, she has given me hope and AMAZING inspiration.

Because of Brenda, my daughters and I have decided to spread our message of animal activism through a way that it should be spread.  Instead of being constantly surrounded by this horrible negativity, we want to spread the message through LOVE.  Love of animals.  Love of our Earth.  Love of the human race.  We have also decided to try our hand at making some vegan jewelry to help raise money for a local farm sanctuary and hopefully, if all goes well we would love to help raise money for Brenda’s Love Infinitely Project. We are also (very slowly,we’re not a very tech savvy bunch) working on a website for my daughters to run to spread the message of animal rights to tweens and teens.

I am SO excited about this new blog!  I cannot wait to read all about you magnificent souls!  Much love to each and every one of you.


   Follow Liz on Twitter: @liz4dmb41