Then one day, in a video posted to the internet by another vlogger, she was seen eating a plate of food at a restaurant - that is, before she tries to hide it. Almost immediately, rumours started to swirl that she had been eating fish. Almost as quickly as the short clip popped up - her world came crashing down.
Rawvana was hemorrhaging followers in their droves yet, she stayed quiet hoping the online vitriol would abide.
"You make me sick by pretending to be one someone in front of the camera while secretly being someone completely different,” Instagram user @veganhippylizard commented on an Instagram photo of Ayres hold a baked potato. “If it’s true why are you still saying raw vegan is healthy, but now saying you weren’t healthy. Disgusted!”
While other angry followers believe that they were misled into purchasing vegan products. "Another fake vegan stealing money from the community,” one user laments. “Making money off vegans to buy animal products. Sickening,” another commented.
Eventually, she broke her silence with a 33-minute apology. In a video titled "THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING", she apologises to her viewers for the recent break in her diet and then launched into her entire history of veganism before going on to divulge her many health problems.
Rawana begins by explaining her 25-day water fast, which at first left her feeling “on top of the world,” but led to the loss of her period for two years immediately following the nearly month-long period of time where she “only drank water.” She also revealed she was borderline anemic, and her hormone levels were pre-menopausal. “I feel like I am doing this out of self-love,” she said of her new diet. “This is my personal experience. This is my body. Something that I’ve learned is that everybody is different,” she added.
The video, which has racked up nearly 130,000 views as of Monday afternoon, has 5,800 dislikes compared to the 2,400 likes.
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