Agnes Muljadi is a Los Angeles based vegan ballerina and social media superstar. She is known as @artsyagnes on Instagram (with a 140,000 fan following) and has collaborated with more than 130 , brands, including but not limited to Amazon, NFL, Starbucks, Macy’s, True Religion, Reebok, Banana Republic, Lionsgate Studio and Google Photos.
Additionally, Agnes’ interest in veganism and socially responsible brands have become the essence of her cause and influence. Some notable ethical collaborations include TOMS, KIND Snacks, 1Face Watch, Bead & Reel, Vegan Good Life Magazine and Groceries Apparel.
Someone with a following as large as Agnes could use their recognition in any way they wanted. Rather than focusing on herself however, Agnes uses her voice to convey the importance of animal welfare and conscientious choices. With all this in mind, we think it’s pretty safe to say she’s our favorite vegan ballerina.
So, which came first; the vegan or the ballerina?
Ballerina first. I started dancing at a very young age of seven and I’ve only been vegan for a few years.
Many people who begin to wean meat and dairy out of their diet report feeling lighter & healthier. Do you find veganism has had similar effects on you as a dancer?
Yes, absolutely. The first week I became vegan I felt like I was given a new body. There was just nothing weighing me down anymore and I had so much more energy.
That’s awesome! While on the subject of your dancing, we’ve learned you’re represented by social media agents in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Amsterdam. Where do you feel the most at home?
I grew up in Seattle and consider it my home.
Which of your GUNAS’ pieces is your favorite & why?
I am obsessed with my Madison bag in Eggplant. Purple is my fave color and it’s the perfect day to evening bag.
You recently collaborated with ARTISANSkin to create the super successful Vegan Body Oil that is completely plant-based, cruelty-free, and handmade in small batches. How did this oil go from a rough idea to a real life item?
The process from conception to having the product on the shelves was relatively quick for us. I had a few discussions with Amal Elbahnasawy, Founder of ArtisanSKIN about the kind of product we would like to bring to the market and how it reflects my sustainable lifestyle. I knew the product had to be vegan, cruelty free and all natural. Amal then carefully chose the ingredients and personally handmade the oil in small batches. It took us less than a month to launch the product on March 1st this year. I am very proud of the product we came up with because it truly speaks of the sustainable and vegan lifestyle I fully believe in.
We loved getting to know more about Agnes. Her pictures, collaborations and creations prove that social media isn’t just about networking; it can also be a platform used to spread our ethics and make the world a better place. Now if only we could do ballet as well as this #GUNASGIRL..
Thanks for chatting with us, Agnes!