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20 Celebs That Make Being Vegan Look Delicious
In the United States there is a growing number of Americans choosing meatless meals more often, and 7.5 million people claim diets that do not include any animal products. Unfortunately, we can’t all have personal chefs and trainers to keep us on the good vegan track. So, let these stars inspire you to at least try going vegan.
Actress and environmental activist Kristen Bell may have her vegan tendencies and eco-lifestyle to thank for her role as Neutrogena spokesperson. She’s been a vegetarian since age 11, but she developed vegan habits, along with her husband Dax Shepard, after watching the documentary Forks over Knives. The mother of two said that when she first went vegan she really missed cheese … until she discovered Daiya.
Brand began his career as a comedian, but his adherence to a vegan diet is no laughing matter. In 2011, he announced to the world his change from vegetarianism to vegan with a tweet reading “I’m now vegan, goodbye eggs, hello Ellen.” (He was referencing long-time vegan Ellen DeGeneres.)
Best known for his daredevil moves on the MTV show Jackass, and its subsequent franchise, Steve-O jumped into veganism out of a desire to have “a clear conscience.” He’s also helping to spread the word about cruelty against animals in the meat industry by narrating the short documentary What Came Before: The Truth about Meat and Modern Farms.
Curious on how to get actress Portman’s flawless complexion? She credits her au naturel glow to a vegan diet. In a 2015 interview she said, “I’m vegan, and I drink a lot of water. If I have dairy, I immediately break out.” Portman initially went vegan after reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. While she was pregnant, she switched to a vegetarian diet, but her 2012 Big Sur wedding to Benjamin Millepied featured an entirely vegan menu for the reception.
Cumming is a longtime actor starring on the silver screen and in popular TV shows, including The Good Wife. The Scottish actor adopted a meat-free lifestyle in 2012 after being inspired by Mike Tyson’s vegan transformation. “Rotten carcasses don’t feel good inside in my body,” he said in a 2010 interview about his then-vegetarian diet. “I’ve also seen some horrible documentaries about the hormones and things that go into meat. On a health level, meat is so scary. I used to eat fish, but with fish there’s that mercury awfulness.”
Almost 2 decades ago the Clueless actress chose to be a vegan and hasn't looked back. In fact, Silverstone has made it a focus of her recent work. In 2009 she authored the vegan cuisine book The Kind Diet and continues to push out vegan diet tips and eco-friendly lifestyle pointers on her site The Kind Life.
Simmons is a mogul in the hip-hop industry and a master at defending his vegan diet against doubters and their questions. In November 2015 he published a guide to achieving peace and longevity through conscious eating called “The Happy Vegan.”
Ellen went vegan back in 2008 after self-education through books and documentaries like Meet Your Meat. The TV host's website has a whole page dedicated to healthy recipes as well as the organization The Gentle Barn. After she and her wife, Portia de Rossi, moved to a farm in California, de Rossi became vegan as well.
Phoenix is strong in his roles as an actor and in his opinions! He knew he wanted a cruelty-free lifestyle even as a young child. As a toddler, he and his three siblings went fishing, along with their parents, and he realized where meat came from. He then asserted he wasn’t ever going to eat animals again. Phoenix applied his acting skills to an activist commercial for PETA in 2013.
Superstar songstress Carrie Underwood is committed to a plant-based diet. She said in a 2015 interview, "I love eating and talking about food. I've been a vegetarian for seven years. But after seeing a friend who looked amazing and had recently gone vegan, I thought, 'What's holding me back?'" She took her commitment to a plant-based diet to the next level while getting back to her healthy self after the birth of her son, Isaiah. In the past, Underwood has admitted to being a "practical vegan," meaning she's a vegan at home but is flexible when dining out or traveling.
The famous former boxer took to a vegan diet in 2010. His shift from carnivore to plant-based consumer derived from a tough, emotional point in his life when he realized he needed to make some changes. Tyson told the nonprofit organization Last Chance for Animals, “The benefits have been tremendous. I have more stamina, and it helps keep me in a positive state of mind. I didn’t realize how weighed down I was when I ate meat. I never really felt 100 percent until I freed it from my diet. Now, I can’t imagine going back to meat. I feel incredible.”
The former U.S. VP and environmental activist transitioned into veganism after cutting sharply back on meat in 2009. Gore told Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric Topol, MD, that he adopted a vegan diet in 2013 at first just to experiment with it. He said, “And I felt better, so I continued with it. Now, for many people, that choice is connected to environmental ethics and health issues and all that stuff, but I just wanted to try it to see what it was like. In a visceral way, I felt better, so I’ve continued with it, and I’m likely to continue it for the rest of my life.”
The actor and is the head of a burgeoning eco-business empire. Harrelson co-owns Sage, “the world’s first organic vegan beer garden” in Culver City, which seems an appropriate venture for the man who played the Cheers barman Woody Boyd. Harrelson also walks his vegan talk by living on a working organic farm in Maui with his three daughters and wife, Laura Louie. He is also an investor and co-founder in the Canada-based Prairie Paper Inc. The company sells a new type of paper, Step Forward Paper, comprised of 80% wheat-straw waste and 20% Forest Stewardship Council certified wood fiber.
Morissette hit it big with Jagged Little Pill in the '90s but didn't commit to a plant-based diet until 2009. After reading Dr. Joel Furhman's Eat to Live, she made the switch along with cutting out processed foods and sodium. She saw immediate health gains and subsequently lost 20 pounds. She told The Guardian, "I'm predominantly vegan, which my friends hate because it's not monogamous: 80% is vegan; the other 20% is following what my body needs."
As the front man for The Smiths, Morrissey is credited as a leader in the music genre of Britpop. Now he is also a figurehead for a meat-free lifestyle. He influenced countless people to become vegetarians with the 1985 hit “Meat Is Murder” and has been an avid supporter of PETA. He’s also insisted his performance venues, like Madison Square Garden, serve only vegan menus in order for him to perform.
Gorgeous Glee actress and singer Michele has gone back and forth between veganism and vegetarianism. She told Shape Magazine, "Well, everything with being vegan and vegetarian is a really big commitment. You have to do what you feel is best and what you believe in and what your body is telling you that it needs." Michele comes from an Italian family, so cheese is the hardest food for her to avoid during her vegan times.
Spider-Man and The Great Gatsby were blockbuster hits, and actor Maguire attributes his success to a progressive outlook and personal development. He’s always working to improve himself, even when it comes to his vegan diet. He told The Guardian, “I’m a vegan. Maybe I eat a little too much sugar and wheat, but I’m trying constantly to refine.” Maguire even sent back the complimentary Mercedes gifted to him on the Gatsby set because of the leather seats. He doesn’t just eat vegan—he lives it!
Before being a vegan was popular and the subject of best-selling books, documentaries, and lifestyle products, Leto was vegan/vegetarian for about two decades. The actor and singer also credits his yoga practice for his seemingly eternal youth. He’s kept with his vegan diet even when bulking up and packing on the muscle for roles.
Wilde adopted a vegetarian diet early in life at age 12 and then transitioned to being a vegan in 2008. The actress admits being vegan isn't always easy, but having a strong support network of fellow vegan friends helps, such as Alicia Silverstone. Wilde did introduce animal products back into her diet while pregnant with her son Otis but then snapped back into it after giving birth in April 2014. Wilde also advocates for the eco-friendly lifestyle associated with veganism with her company, Conscious Commerce, which ties charitable donations to products people want to purchase. As Forbes put it, "Think Tom's but on a broader scale."
In perfect pop-star fashion, Ariana Grande announced to the world in 2013 her decision to go 100% vegan on Twitter, complete with a smattering of telling emojis. In an interview with V Magazine, Grande gave some sound insight into her dietary decision: “Look, cows produce milk with nutrients for cows. Maybe that’s why Americans end up looking like cows!” Pass the kale, please!