In today’s world of social media and smartphones, celebrities have more influence and mass appeal than ever before. Vegan celebrities often use their platform to promote animal rights, environmental advocacy and the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here’s just some of our favourite vegan celebrities – who have revealed their own reasons for adopting a plant-based diet:
“Be the voice of those who can’t say ‘stop,’ who can’t say ‘that hurts’, who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals.”
Miley began her vegan journey in 2014 after the death of her beloved dog, Floyd. The 26-year-old singer and songwriter now uses her celebrity status to inspire others to move towards a cruelty-free lifestyle. Last year, Ms Cyrus appeared at the Met Gala with Stella McCartney to promote vegan friendly fashion choices.
“After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat… I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of domino effect on the rest of my life.”
Miley’s new hubby also followed in her footsteps, adopting a vegan diet in early 2015. Mr Hemsworth has become a proud proponent of plant-based living, saying there are ‘no negatives’ associated with making kinder dietary choices.
During a recent promotional tour for the latest Avengers movie, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that he eats a plant-based diet. In 2016, Mr Cumberbatch also featured on the cover of British GQ, wearing vegan boots and a suit made from cruelty-free wool.
“Once I started [a plant-based diet] I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.”
Venus Williams was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011 – an autoimmune disease which threatened her superstar tennis career. After taking time off, Ms Williams was able to step back onto the court with renewed strength, thanks to the right medical treatment and a newly adopted raw, vegan diet. Today, the 7-time grand slam winner describes the raw vegan diet as the ‘best fuel’ for her athletic performance.
The 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams also follows a plant-based diet, like her sister Venus. As one of the best athletes in world history, Serena’s example leaves little doubt that a diet free from animal products is suitable for all.
“I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding… I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person.”
Ariana Grande is a proud and candid vegan, stating that her love for animals almost outweighs that of people. The 25-year-old singer and actress has been outspoken about topics such as ivory poaching and keeping animals in zoos; and has even encouraged her fans to adopt companion animals, rather than buying them in pet stores.
“It’s basically no dairy, no meat, everything is just plant based and just from the ground. I love that I’m eating more greens. It makes you feel so much better.”
J-Lo adopted a plant-based diet in 2014, after giving birth to her twins Max and Emme. She dropped two dress sizes, and found cutting meat and dairy provided her with renewed levels of energy. The 49-year-old actress and producer now credits vegan food for her continued vivacity, saying she wakes up every day ‘feeling great’.
“At age 11, when I realized that hamburgers didn’t really grow in hamburger patches, but came from cows who screamed as they were electrically prodded to slaughter, I became a vegetarian.”
Pamela Anderson has been vegetarian since the age of 11 – and after being exposed to the horrors of slaughterhouses, she turned to veganism. Today, Ms Anderson is a proud proponent of animal rights, and has appeared in multiple campaigns. The 51-year-old model’s website humorously tells readers, “If you’re not vegan, you’re old fashioned.”
“Veganuary is a good idea. You know me, I occasionally relapse on eggs and butter and cheese. But, I’m really, really recommitting to veganism. I’m really making a very sincere effort.”
Russell Brand announced his vegan status via Twitter in 2011. It’s rumoured his diet change was spurred by the documentary Forks over Knives. Mr Brand reverted back to vegetarianism in 2013, but has recently renewed his commitment to becoming fully vegan again.
“Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”
Superstar Hollywood actress, Natalie Portman, was a vegetarian for over 20 years – and turned to veganism after producing and narrating the documentary Eating Animals. Ms Portman says she is motivated by a true love for animals, and has told her fans there’s never been an easier time in history to go vegan.
“I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog – or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me.”
Most famous for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the award-winning Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage has been vegetarian for over 15 years. He’s since taken the next step, becoming vegan and fronting campaigns for Farm Sanctuary, PETA and Cruelty Free International.
Named as one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world, powerhouse actress Jessica Chastain is also a long-term vegan. The animal-lover is known for supporting shelter adoptions and cruelty-free products – and traveled to an African wildlife sanctuary in 2017.
“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.”
The Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix was raised vegan by eco-conscious parents. Since then, the 44-year-old has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights and narrated the eye-opening documentary Earthlings. Mr Phoenix is also a supporter of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, which calls upon His Holiness Pope Francis to adopt a vegan diet for Lent.
Some other world-famous vegan celebrities include:
- Alanis Morissette
- Alicia Silverstone
- Anne Hathaway
- Brad Pitt
- Demi Moore
- Ellie Goulding
- Jenna Tatum
- Kate & Rooney Mara
- Leona Lewis
- Michelle Pfeiffer
- Portia De Rossi
- Stevie Wonder
- Woody Harrelson
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