Bacon Girl Comes Out With Her First Calendar

Two years ago, Bigi — as she calls herself when engaging in Bacon Girl activities — somehow ended up at the Cochon 555 event as the guest of a friend, despite the fact that she'd been a strict vegetarian for 13 years. “She told me it was a 'charity event,'” Bigi explains. Nevertheless, she spent a few hours wandering around the booths, talking to the farmers and chefs about pork.

“They kept telling me about these heritage-breed hogs, which I didn't know much about,” she says. “I was also finding out about how the farmers raised them. This wasn't part of Food Inc. — this was small family farms, raising their pigs humanely.” Then she smelled Allan Benton's bacon cooking at one of the stands, and couldn't resist trying it.

“I stood in that line three times,” she says. “And the next morning, I woke up thinking about bacon.” Bigi started eating sustainably raised, artisanal bacon every day. For months. In January 2010, she went to a party where her friends kidded her about her new eating habits. “I

don't know what to do,” she told one, somewhat in her cups. “I'm going to have to start wearing it.”

It was as if she had been bitten by a mutant spider or zapped by gamma rays. Bacon Girl was born.

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