Jehina Malik

Anyone who says that vegans can’t build muscle needs to take a look at bodybuilder Jehina Malik. Vegan since birth, Mailk, a bodybuilder and personal trainer, is living proof that vegans and women can build and sculpt muscle.  Her career in bodybuilding started at age 19, when she entered a teenage bodybuilding show — and won. What motivated her? She told Plantbuilt, “I grew up skinny and small and having so many naysayers. I also have a passion for the human anatomy and love to witness my physique alter and transform before my eyes.”

In 2012, Malik competed in the National Physique Committee (NPC) Steve Stone NY Mets, where she placed 1st in Women’s Bodybuilding Lightweight. In 2013, Malik placed 1st at the 2013 NPC Easter U.S.A. in Women’s Bodybuilding Lightweight and 1st Overall Women’s Physique Open. Later, in 2014, she received her pro card from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), which allows her to compete in national bodybuilding competitions, as opposed to just regional competitions.

Malik likes to bill herself as the “first every vegan since birth IFBB pro physique.”

* The content for this page was excerpted from a 2017 One Green Planet article.