10 celebrities you might not know are vegans
What exactly does it mean to be vegan? The Vegan Society (yes there is one) describes veganism as a practice of avoiding the consumption of products like meat, fish and even dairy products and eggs to “exclude – where possible and possible – all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or for any other purpose.
The difference between vegetarians and vegans is that while the former can consume dairy products, the latter avoid animal products by opting for a strictly plant-based diet.
As more and more people embrace the vegan lifestyle, celebrities are also raving about this plant-based diet. Many of them have cited ethical, moral, health and environmental concerns in order to become vegan.
From Natalie Portman to Ariana Grande, here are 10 vegan celebrities who don’t hesitate to endorse their eco-friendly lifestyle with the masses.
Raised as a vegetarian, her decision to go vegan wasn’t a tough call for singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. In a 2018 YouTube series, she shared, “Going vegan wasn’t a big deal for me because meat was never a thing in my life. It wasn’t like I was missing meat, it wasn’t like I had something to miss.
Answer questions from actress Halle Berry and other famous fans during an interview in 2021 with British Vogue, Eilish was pretty loud about her lifestyle. She said, “I’m vegan. I’ve been fucking vegan for seven years.
Speaking about the ethics of the meat and dairy industry, the singer said, “Once you know this stuff and see it, it’s really hard to go back,” adding, “even though I have a lot of friends who eat dairy and meat and I never want to tell anyone what to do, I just can’t go on with my life knowing what’s going on in the animal world and like, do nothing about it.
The Baywatch (2017) the star switched to a plant-based diet to improve her physical and mental well-being.
Sharing his experience with Vogue teens in 2018, the actor said: “i experimented with a purely vegan diet. It has completely changed the way my body works, the way I metabolize food, the way it turns into energy, the way I’m sleeping It’s awesome It’s great for my exercise and great for my routine.
Joaquin Phoenix and his wife Rooney Mara both follow an herbal lifestyle.
Share the same in a frank 2018 conversation with Collider, he said, “Really, it was seeing these fish get killed when I was on a boat when I was a kid. They were catching fish, and I guess to stun them they would throw them against the side of the boat. I just had a strong and deep reaction. It was like a real injustice.
Phoenix added, “I think it made me suspicious and angry and scared of humans, humanity. I just thought it was such a crass abuse of power in a way. I think at that point we knew we weren’t going to eat meat anymore. We said to our parents, “Why didn’t you tell us? It’s incredible. I remember my mother’s face, I remember she was crying. She didn’t know how to answer. It became very clear that we were not going to eat meat anymore.
Not once to mince words, the Joker (2019) the star quite openly criticized the dairy industry during his Oscar acceptance speech in 2020. He urged the public to embrace greener lifestyles, support animal rights and reduce suffering animals.
In a 2013 Twitter post, Ariana Grande opened up about her plant-based diet and wrote: “I have been eating organic since I was little and I have always kept a minimum of meat but today marks my first day as a 100% vegan !!!! Happy day ”.
Speaking about her reason for adopting a vegan diet, Ariana Grande said Mirror in 2014: “I love animals more than I love most people, I’m not kidding. But I firmly believe in a complete plant-based diet that can extend your lifespan and make you a happier person. It’s hard to dine out, but I stick to what I know – veg, fruit and salad – and then when I get home I’ll have something else.
Speaking of the power of cinema, it was a documentary on slaughterhouses that convinced her to switch from vegetarian to plant-based food. The actress-dancer has been vegan since the age of 10.
In a conversation in 2018 with Women’s health, she said: “The next day (after watching the documentary) I said ‘I’ll never eat meat again’. It’s just stuck. I feel good morally and physically.
A vegetarian since the age of nine, the talented Natalie Portman thanks American actor Tobey Maguire for helping her follow a vegan lifestyle.
Speaking to a group of 16,000 students in 2018 on WE Day – a gathering of young activists held in Los Angeles, United States – Portman said: “Dairy products and eggs don’t just come from cows and from chickens, they come from cows and female chickens. We exploit female bodies and abuse the magic of female animals to create eggs and milk.
The actress was a vegetarian from time to time in her childhood. However, it was in 2011 that she found it impossible to consume meat or any other animal product and has since gone vegan. She has adopted a vegan diet on several occasions and also chooses to avoid animal products in her wardrobe.
Talk to Coveteur in 2018, she said, “I’ve been an intermittent vegetarian since I was nine… intermittently only because my parents told me I was a picky eater and didn’t always want to let it go. Then, about seven years ago, someone sent me this horrible undercover video of a pig, which led me to another gruesome video and another gruesome video. I went down the rabbit hole on YouTube.
When she was 20 years old, the Interstellar (2014) the star had started to feel a bit low on energy. That was when she became vegan – that was in 2005. Her vegan diet helped her feel healthier and energetic, and she has been a vegan ever since.
Her vegan diet helped her feel healthier and energized and has been a vegan ever since.
Share the same with Magazine W in 2017, Jessica Chastain said, “I realized the shellfish I ate were high in cholesterol and my diet wasn’t helping me, so I changed that thing and then I ended up going vegan because that a friend of mine had a two week vegan food delivery schedule that she wasn’t going to use, so I used it, and immediately had more energy than I ever had had in my life.
A plant-based diet changed things for the better for her and she never reverted to consuming animal products.
Speaking of a two-week vegan food delivery program she undertook, Chastain said, “Then when I finished it, it wasn’t like I was going to go vegan. I went to the restaurant and ordered fish and risotto and immediately felt bad, not emotionally but physically, so I said okay, I’m just going to listen to my body now. Being vegan wasn’t something I wanted to be. I was really listening to what my body was telling me.
Joining the vegan celebrity bandwagon is another superstar, versatile actor-musician Jared Leto. The 49-year-old star attributes her youthful appearance to being vegan.
In a 2013 interview with GQ, he said, “It’s probably just for sleeping and dieting.” If you travel a lot on long journeys or get little sleep, it’s not going to last very long, that’s for sure. I’m pretty healthy so I think it helps a lot. I’ve been like this for a long time – 20 solid years of eating vegetarian / vegan and taking care of myself. It probably helps the preservation process.
The actress adopted a vegan diet for environmental reasons, but quickly began to notice its health benefits.
“I adopted this diet for animals, but the biggest surprise was how amazing I felt! I gave up my asthma inhaler, stopped my weekly allergy shots, lost weight, and got new skin and hair glow. I felt amazing to have more energy and to have balanced moods. This way of eating transformed me. Since then, I haven’t needed caffeine, aspirin, or antibiotics. My body healed itself by being herbal, ”she shared in a 2014 interview with Food and wine.
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