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Regardless of whether people are in it for the diet, the philosophy, or both, one thing is certain - veganism has become a global phenomenon.
Indeed, an increasing number of people are rejecting the idea of treating animals as a commodity and considering going vegan to support this snowballing activist movement.
And if we weigh in the fact that going vegan also brings numerous health benefits, it comes as no surprise that many celebrities are jumping on that bandwagon as well.
So let’s look at our top picks of celebrities who are vegan.
The first choice for our article on celebrities who are vegan is Ariana Grande.
She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress whose role in the hit Nickelodeon series Victorious led her into a career as a pop star,
In 2013, she tweeted that she was no longer eating any meat-based products and would be 100% vegan.
I’ve eaten organically since I was little and always kept meat minimal but today marks my first day as a 100% Vegan!!!!
- Ariana Grande, American singer, songwriter, and actress
Natalie Portman is an actress and filmmaker with numerous acting credits. She started acting as a child, appearing in the 1994 film, Léon: The Professional.
Despite winning an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan, her most memorable role was as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars.
Since the age of 9, she had decided not to eat meat or any animal products, believing that she felt close to animals, and could relate to them in some way.
Jessica Chastain is an American actress who has earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in The Help.
She had been a pescatarian for years and talks of her love of cheese.
She decided to turn vegan to boost her energy levels.
Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef.
Former child star Miley Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.
Back in 2012 Miley adopted a strict diet free from gluten and dairy to help with her intolerances. In 2014 she went fully vegan and has managed to stick to a plant-based diet ever since.
Avoiding the lure of meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and other animal-related products.
She has adopted a vegan lifestyle that extends far beyond her diet, choosing to wear more vintage clothes and to work with her favorite vegan clothing designers.
Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.
Her daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards.
In 2008, she decided to switch to a vegan diet for ethical reasons and to give her more energy.
Woody Harrelson is an American actor who first became known for his role as bartender Woody Boy in the hit NBC sitcom Cheers that run from 1985 to 1993.
During which time he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Woody Harrelson has eaten a vegan diet for over 30 years and during that time has promoted veganism to his co-stars.
Alicia Silverstone is an actress known for her appearance in comedy Clueless.
She had flirted with vegetarianism since the age of 8, before finally becoming a vegan in 1998.
Since then she has been named “Sexiest Vegetarian” by PETA in 2007, as well as appearing in several of their ad campaigns promoting veganism.
Pamela Anderson is an actress, model, author, and PETA activist who rose to fame after appearing in the hit 90s action-drama Baywatch alongside David Hasselhoff.
She became a vegetarian in her early teens after witnessing her father cleaning an animal he had hunted.
As an adult, she became a vegan in an attempt to manage her Hepatitis C diagnosis.
Kat Von D is a legendary Mexican-American tattoo artist, and model who became famous thanks to her work on the reality TV show, LA Ink.
She is vegan and created her own cruelty-free makeup line in 2008 (the products were reformulated as vegan in 2016).
Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor and producer who has received numerous awards and nominations, including Best Actor Academy Awards for his work Walk the Line, The Master, and more recently Joker.
His family have been following a vegan lifestyle since the 1970s, he is also an outspoken animal rights campaigner, who has even spoken out during his Oscar acceptance speech.
Venus Williams is an American professional tennis player, who has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles, including 5 at Wimbledon.
She was forced to withdraw from the 2011 U.S. Open because of fatigue and chronic pain.
It was discovered that she was suffering from Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease.
To combat the symptoms and to continue playing tennis, Venus stopped eating meat and
Liam Hemsworth is an Australian actor who was married to fellow vegan Miley Cyrus.
He was once vegan but had to rethink the food he could put into his body after undergoing surgery for a kidney stone.
Ellen Page is a Canadian actress known for her role as Juno in the Oscar-Winning film of the same name.
She was named one of PETA’s Sexiest Vegans Alive in 2014. She went vegan due to her compassion for all living things.
Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?
- Ellen Page, Canadian actress
Emily Deschanel is an American actress who is known for her role on the FOX crime drama Bones.
She has been a committed vegan since high school, and is also a supporter of animal rights issues, collaborating with PETA in a video to encourage mothers to raise their children vegan.
Anne Hathaway is an American Oscar-winning actress. She is no longer one of the vegan celebrities.
At one time she was vegan but ditched veganism after trying a piece of salmon. She has now reintroduced meat, dairy, and eggs into her diet.
Richard Melville Hall, who is better known as Moby, is an American musician, songwriter, and singer.
He is one of the most important figures in the 1990s dance music, selling over 20 million records worldwide.
He has been a vegan since 1987, becoming one of the earliest vegan celebrities.
He uses his influence to educate his followers, even getting a “Vegan For Life” tattoo on his neck by Kat Von D.
Morrissey is an English singer and songwriter who rose to prominence as the frontman of the Smiths.
His mother was a vegetarian, and he became a vegetarian at the age of 11 or 12.
These days he survives on a diet that consists of just bread, potatoes, pasta, and nuts.
Forest Whitaker is an American actor who has appeared in a range of roles, most notably as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.
A role that he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
He credits his meatless diet for the weight loss he achieved for the role.
RZA is an American musician, rapper, record producer, and filmmaker.
He is known as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, who formed in the 1990s.
He gave up red meat in 1995 and had given up poultry and fish by the end of the millennium.
Erykah Badu is an American soul/R’n’B/jazz singer-songwriter, with numerous Grammy award nominations and
She has been a vegetarian since her senior year of high school in 1989, becoming fully vegan in 1997.
Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter and icon who rose to fame as part of the Beatles. He has also had success in the band Wings and as a solo artist.
Paul became a vegetarian in 1975 and has been one of the most prominent vegan celebrities endorsing the lifestyle.
Peter Dinklage is another famous name among celebrities who are vegan.
The Game of Thrones actor has been vegan since 2014. He is an advocate for better treatment of animals, becoming a celebrity ambassador for Farm Sanctuary in 2012 - the first and largest animal sanctuary in the nation.
Tony Kanal is a British musician, who is known as the bassist of the rock band No Doubt.
He is a long time vegetarian who decided to go vegan back in 2012.
James Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who has made some of the greatest and most popular films of all time, including Titanic, Aliens, and The Terminator.
He went vegan several years ago and has since become an outspoken advocate for the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Mya is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress, with over 7 million albums sold worldwide.
She went vegan in 2014 and has avoided eating meat ever since.
Jared Leto is an American Oscar-winning actor and singer-songwriter for the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Leto has been vegan since his early 20s, eating a high carb, low-fat diet, with all of his protein coming from plant sources rather than meat or dairy.
No list of vegan celebrities would be complete without Lewis Hamilton. The British racing driver has been vegan since 2017.
He has recently launched his own vegan restaurant called Neat Burger, an international vegan burger restaurant to be exact.
Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player in the NBA, who reportedly switched to a vegan diet after watching the Netflix documentary “What The Health”.
Will.I.Am is an American rapper, singer-songwriter famous for being one of the founding members of the hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas.
He went vegan in 2018 in an attempt to become healthier.
After I became vegan it took me 10 days to drop my cholesterol, I lost 8lb and my blood pressure came down.
- Will.I.Am, American rapper, singer-songwriter
Craig Robinson is an American actor, comedian, and singer whose appearance in the American remake of The Office led him onto numerous other prominent roles.
After starting a plant-based diet, cutting out alcohol, and getting more exercise, he has managed to lose a whopping 50 pounds.
It is probably not a surprise that the wife of film director James Cameron would be on our list of celebrities who are vegan.
Suzy Amis Cameron is a former actress and model, who is now an environmental advocate who has endorsed sustainable fashion as well as co-founded Plant Power Task Force, which is an organization that shows the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most high-profile vegan celebrities with a host of film and TV appearances under his belt, including that of Dr. Strange in the popular Avengers franchise.
It is unclear when exactly did he adopted the lifestyle, but in 2016, he has been pictured wearing vegan boots and a suit made from “future wool”.
Sadie Sink is an American actress, known for her role in the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
In 2018 she had officially come out as a celebrity vegan.
There is little surprise that the daughter of photographer and animal rights activist Linda McCartney and singer-songwriter Paul McCartney is also on our list of celebrities who are vegan.
Stella McCartney is an English fashion designer and lifetime vegetarian, who ethically sources her materials and ingredients for use in her designs.
Jenna Marbles is an American YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers.
Although she has struggled with a plant-based lifestyle in the past, she became a full-time vegan in the year 2015.
Simon Amstell is an English comedian, writer, and director. He is a vegan who often uses veganism as a subject in his standup routine.
Simon wrote the mockumentary Carnage in 2017, which is set in the future where everyone is vegan. The film focuses on the guilt felt by our omnivorous past.
Ruby Rose is yet another one of the most prominent celebrities who are vegan.
She is an Australian model, actress and television presenter who has appeared in Orange Is the New Black amongst other roles.
English Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn has always loved animals and having fallen in love with a vegan while in college, he decided to stop eating animals.
Since becoming a vegan and embracing the full plant-based lifestyle, he says that he no longer misses meat and has experienced many health benefits.
Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik became a vegetarian at the age of 19. She is now a fully-fledged vegan and is bringing up her children to embrace veganism and love animals.
John Joseph is a musician, author, and Ironman triathlete from New York City.
Before becoming a vegan, he was a vegetarian for several years.
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker decided to go vegan after surviving a plane crash in the year 2008, where 4 people unfortunately died.
He had been a vegetarian since the age of 15.
Honestly, ever since I found this way of eating I have endless amounts of energy. I can go all day, and after it all I never find myself getting tired. No matter what kind of shows I have done, or workouts I do on top of it, I still have to force myself to sleep at night.
Travis Barker, Drummer
Jack Monroe is a British food writer, journalist, and activist.
She has created many recipes that can be found in her bestselling vegan book Vegan (ish).
This book contains 100 simple, budget-friendly recipes.
With numerous film credits to his name, James Cromwell is one of the oldest celebrities who are vegan.
It was his role as Farmer Hoggett in the hit film Babe that motivated him to become a full vegan and animal rights advocate.
Benjamin Zephaniah is a British writer, poet, and Rastafarian.
He is another one of the celebrities who are vegan, having become a vegan at the age of 15.
Jehina Malik is an IFBB Pro Physique bodybuilding champion whose parents were vegan and therefore have raised her to embrace veganism since birth.
Sia is an Australian singer, songwriter, and entertainer known for numerous hit songs including Chandelier that was released in the year 2014.
In the same year, Sia became a full vegan.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress Rooney Mara is married to Joaquin Phoenix, so there is little surprise that she is listed alongside other celebrities who are vegan.
Alongside her film work, she has also launched her vegan clothing and accessory line called Hireath.
I’m also vegan; I basically eat only fruits and vegetables. I’ve never felt better than I do now.
Rooney Mara, Actress
Kate Mara is the sister to Rooney, she lives in Los Angeles and is also an actress appearing in House of Cards.
Like her sister, she is also vegan, claiming her diet and regular exercise keep her fit.
Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel decided she was going vegan back in 2012 after speaking with her friend and deciding that it was best for her health due to her family’s medical history.
She thought she would try it for about a week and upon realizing that she felt great, she decided to continue enjoying the lifestyle.
Our final choice of celebrities who are vegan is film director Kevin Smith.
He decided to become a vegan after suffering a massive heart attack, so no more meat in his diet. Following this decision, his health has got better.
Regardless of the glitz and glamour, it is refreshing to know that some celebrities sincerely value the lives of all living creatures and are willing to do what they can to protect them.
But why stop there?
On one hand, yes, celebrity vegans may have more media power to promote this noble mission around the world, but we mustn’t forget that big movements often require small feats by everyday folk like you and me.
So ask yourself this: Do I feel the need to protect my environment and in doing so, keep myself healthy (and vice versa)?
If the answer is yes, then we have just one thing left to say to you: