These top 10 celebrity vegans are just a few of many that switched to a vegan lifestyle. Many celebrities today are vegans but lots of people don’t know that fact. Some of them were passionate meat lovers, but they have improved their lifestyle with a vegan diet. Now in the 21st century, we have more conscience than earlier. People think more about animals, animal rights, their own health, and environment. Here is our list of top 10 celebrity vegans:
1. Anthony Kiedis
Larger than life frontman for the ultra-popular funk band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis made a confession to PETA bosses, “Soon after I went vegan,I saw some documentary footage of what happens in the factory farming of cows… It sealed the deal.” Also said in an interview “Steak doesn’t speak to me, and tempeh is right on”. After years of turbulent on and off stage life and a highly-publicized struggle with addiction, Anthony Kiedis now represents the new model of healthy living by Men’s Fitness magazine and he’s buffer than buff, undoubtedly owing it to Veganism.
2. Ellen DeGeneres
A fascinating personality, a stand-up comedian, television host, and most important of all a Vegan and animal rights activist. DeGeneres is a vegan who calls herself a “big animal lover”. She coordinates a vegan outreach website titled ‘Going Vegan with Ellen’ in which she promotes “Meatless Mondays” and features vegan recipes. She has several times invited Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle to speak on her show about the organization’s efforts in animal protection legislation. In April 2013, she donated $25,000 to stop Ag-Gag anti-whistleblower legislation in Tennessee, which would prohibit undercover investigators from recording footage of animal abuse on farms. DeGeneres served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2010, asking people to start “a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one” at Thanksgiving. She intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles,but unfortunately plans fell through. Her most famous quote goes like this: “You ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, Because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother’s attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
One of the most avid advocates for vegan food and healthy life nowadays is certainly a Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow. She had been suffering from various health problems before switching to veganism. The result changed her life, says the actress. She says she’s not feeling exhausted all the time any more. She’s created various recipes and put them together with details of her diet in her new book: “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.” The elimination diet that she follows when she wants to boost her energy and shed pounds eliminates meat, eggs, dairy and sugar. Think that’s nothing left? Gwyneth told the renowned Dr. Oz that she feels the recipes prove that you really can eat well on a restrictive diet.
4. Brad Pitt
To leave out from the list the big screen heart-throb for women all around the globe would be outrageous, especially when you acknowledge the fact that he joined long time ago the group of vegans and adding to that, he’s an ardent animal rights activist. Brad Pitt hates red meat so much he gets annoyed whenever he witnesses his partner Angelina Jolie eating it. Since Brad Pitt is vegan, he also gets mad when he sees his children eating animal based products. One of his strongest arguments and what he can incessantly go on about is the damage caused by methane gases from cattle and that should be the reason strong enough for his family to go veggie. What to say further… Brad should be a poster boy for veganism.
5. Alec Baldwin
Another celebrity added to the list of those who chose to go vegan for the sake of body and soul. The situation wasn’t at all positive for actor Alec Baldwin when he was diagnosed in May 2011 as pre-diabetic, something 79 million other Americans are facing. He immediately went about changing his diet, switched to Veganism and, naturally, took up some yoga and pilates along the way, too. One of his most famous quotes related to Veganism says it all: “I quit eating beef when I was somewhere between 10 and 13 because we do have cows and I did bottle feed them and stuff like that. They were like my pets. I had an incident one day that made me refuse to eat beef ever, ever again. Later on, my neighbor had pigs, and I thought they were cute, and it just kind of went on and on from there. I phased it out over a period of time. My parents were actually banding calves. I don’t know if you know what that means. I’m not going to explain it to you. … Basically, it was to make them grow bigger so people could eat them, and they were so cute, and it just made me sad.” You can often find him dining at the gourmet vegan eatery Pure Food and Wine. The restaurant, a popular healthy retreat for celebs,is well-known for its deliciously awesome animal-free cuisine and artistic food presentation. And if you by any chance find love in a vegan eatery, just like he did, you’ll grow fond of this way of life even more, that’s for sure.
6. Olivia Wilde
Olivia is an American actress who has appeared in a number of television and film productions. She was named for PETA sexiest Vegan 2010 and she is a huge representative of vegan lifestyle. She was vegetarian since she was 12 and turned vegan few years ago. She often found it challenging to be a vegan even though she had been a vegetarian for years but it’s something what she want and it’s not so hard after a while. She has a few of her own vegan recipes that are very tasty.
7. Prince Rogers Nelson
American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor who has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He has written and produced few thousand songs and most of us know him but not so many people know that Prince is a vegan. He switched to the vegan diet in 90’s. In 2006, Prince was voted Sexiest Vegetarian in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ annual contest.
8. Steve O
One of the most famous of the jackass actors is also Vegan. He attributes his conversion to a religious experience during his time in rehab for a cocaine addiction. Apparently, a Krishna Consciousness youtube video motivated him enough to begin fearing animal consumption. Here is one of his statement : ” I got into being vegan because I was simply looking to benefit from being more compassionate’’ . He also is the narrator in Farm Sanctuary.
9. Bryan Adams
Despite his immense success as a musician, Bryan Adams is a little less famous for his compassion and advocating for animals rights. Bryan Adams has been vegan for past 25 years. He completely stopped eating animals in 1989 and still persists in vegan lifestyle. Bryan Adams stands strongly against cruel animal practices, such as: animals caged in small pens, animals in zoos, circuses or rodeos; and factory farming, such as hens in battery cages, pigs in cramped stalls, and cattle feedlots. When he was asked about the particular area of animal exploitation that he finds particularly disturbing he answered:”Supermarkets. It’s too easy for people to just pick up a piece of meat and have no idea that it was a living animal at one time.”
This is an American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer has been vegan for 26 years and he also gives huge support to animal rights. He released a studio album in 1996 called Animal Rights. Here is his statement why is he became vegan : Basically it was the same criteria that led me to be a vegetarian, which were essentially that I liked animals and I didn’t want to do anything that contributed to their suffering. Finding out more about chickens kept in battery farms and dairy cows confined in cages led me to be vegan.”
More Famous Vegans – Beyond Brad Pitt
In addition to these vegan celebrities, the sports world is also filled with well-known vegans. These 10 famous vegan athletes prove that it’s possible to build a strong, healthy body with a completely plant-based diet. Their compassionate lifestyle and commitment to the cause helps drive awareness of the vegan lifestyle throughout the world.