Vegan and vegetarian celebrities

If you need a little motivation, turn to the red carpet for a little glamour and a whole lot of vegan inspo from these 51 vegan celebrities who’ve made meatless a way of life.

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51 Vegan Celebrities Who Are in It for the Long Haul

1. Moby

The musician, author, restaurateur, and festival producer has been vegan for 30 years, and says animal rights is his life’s work. To that we say, thank you!

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2. Morrissey

The former Smiths frontman was vegetarian for most of his adult life, and the band’s 1985 record “Meat is Murder” turned many fans into vegetarians (this writer included).

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3. Joaquin Phoenix

The actor and activist has been a vegan since age 3! Now at 43 the otherwise mysterious Phoenix takes all the mystery out of how he looks so young. Must be all the tofu.

4. Forest Whitaker

The Academy Award winner has been spotted at LA’s trendiest vegan restaurants with his family – and since going veg more than a decade ago, he’s spoken out about his diet choice for PETA, even bringing his daughter into some of the media spots.

5. Pamela Anderson

It’s been more than 20 years since the former “Baywatch” star first posed nude for PETA, and since then, she’s been an outspoken voice for the voiceless, even briefly opening a vegan pop-up in France over the summer.

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6. Jessica Chastain

The celebrated actress may not have an Academy Award yet, but as a vegan for more than 15 years, she’s a big winner for the animals and the planet.

7. RZA

Just try to imagine a world without the Wu-Tang Clan. Hurts, doesn’t it? Well, the good news is the Wu’s RZA is planning to be around for a long time, and his vegan diet over the last decade is keeping him healthy (and creative as heck) for many more years of amazing music.

8. Alicia Silverstone

Would it be a vegan celebrity list if we didn’t mention Alicia Silverstone? The actress, author, activist, and mom has been vegan for more than 20 years – and we’re pretty sure she stopped aging the day she went vegan, too. She’s not only #momgoals, but #vegangoals, too.

9. Erykah Badu

The singer and songwriter has been a committed vegan for more than 20 years. But you won’t find her lolling around vegan donut shops – she prefers wheatgrass and green juice to sugary vegan junk food.

10. Woody Harrelson

Cheers to Woody! Not only has he been vegan for more than ten years, but he’s invested in vegan businesses, and most recently appeared in Sir Paul McCartney’s short documentary about meat’s impact on the climate.

11. Paul McCartney

We love you, Sir Paul, yeah, yeah, yeah. At 75, the vegan for more than 20 years looks younger than ever and can still bring stadiums to a rocking frenzy.

12. Peter Dinklage

There may be carnage all over the GoT sets but not on Dinklage’s plate. The actor’s been vegan since childhood and a tireless voice for compassion.

13. Tony Kanal

Though he’s only been a vegan since 2012, Tony Kanal’s clearly in it for the long haul. His “I wasn’t born vegan but I definitely will die vegan” quote gives us all the feels.

14. James Cameron

Not only has the Titanic director been outspoken about veganism, but he’s currently producing a documentary on the diet, recently invested in a pea protein facility, and co-founded a vegan school in southern California with his wife Suzy Amis Cameron.

15. Miley Cyrus

The exuberant singer sports two vegan themed tattoos, including the words ‘Be Kind’ on her outer wrists.

16. Liam Hemsworth

The new Mr. Cyrus has been vegan since 2015 and has been outspoken about the mistreatment of animals in the meat industry.

17. Cory Booker

The vegan U. S. Senator could be the first vegan president. Naturally reducing meat production forms a key part of his environmental policy.

18. Lewis Hamilton

Five-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton proudly declares himself plant-based on his Instagram profile.

19. Kyrie Irving

The professional NBA star adopted a vegan diet in 2017 and says making the switch has improved his game.

20. Will.i.am

The Black Eyed Peas frontman and The Voice judge went vegan in 2017 and credits his new diet with improved health and over 15lb weight loss.

21. Craig Robinson

Star of “The Office” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine”, the famous funny man went vegan in 2017.

22. Suzy Amis Cameron

Former actor Cameron is now an educator and environmentalist who last year published a book outlining how to change the world with one vegan meal a day. She is the visionary behind MUSE — the nation’s first fully vegan school.

23. Mac Danzig

The King Of The Cage Lightweight Champion 2005 has been vegan since the age of 20 after working at an animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania.

24. Sadie Sink

The 16-year-old star of Stranger Things credits Woody Harrelson for opening her eyes to veganism when they worked on The Glass Castle together in 2017.

25. Stella Mccartney

British fashion designer Stella is the daughter of Sir Paul and his animal rights’ activist wife Linda. The Peta spokesperson has openly criticised the fur and leather industry.

26. Jenna Marbles

Since breaking onto the Youtube scene in 2010, the hilarious vegan vlogger has accrued 19 million subscribers.

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27. Simon Amstell

British stand up comedian and presenter Amstell recently brought veganism to the forefront of the BBC with his retrospective film, Carnage.

28. Ruby Rose

The Australian model and star of Orange is the New Black has been vegan since 2013 and is rather partial to Vego chocolate.

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29. Jerome Flynn

The more mature readers may have fond memories of Flynn crooning as part of 90s musical duo, Robson and Jerome. Now better known for his exploits as sword wielding Bron in GOT, vegan Flynn made a video for Peta last month titled ‘The Truth Behind High Welfare and Free Range labels.’

30. Mayim Bialik

The former child star is today best known for her portrayal of super smart Amy Farrah-Fowler on The Big Bang. Real life neuroscientist Bialik is also dedicated vegan activist, blogger and writer.

31. John Joseph

Vegan Ironman athlete has completed the triathlon ten times and released a book called Meat is for Pussies.

32. Travis Barker

The musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Blink-182, is an investor in Los Angeles vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen. He’s a passionate vegan who frequently lends his voice to campaigns and causes.

33. Jack Monroe

UK poverty campaigner and best selling cookery book author Jack Monroe went vegan in 2016 and has since written about overcoming a meat addiction.

34. Kerry McCarthy

The Labour MP for Bristol East is also an ambassador for the Vegan Society.

35. Benjamin Zephaniah

British poet and Rastafarian, Zephaniah has been vegan since his teens and has even written a short poetry anthology called The Little Book of Vegan Poems.

36. Alan Cumming

Scottish X-Men star and longtime vegan Cumming supported Peta’s 2018 anti-dairy campaign by donning a pastel pink T.shirt blazing the logo ‘Not a Dairy Queen.’

37. Ariana Grande

The ‘Into You’ singer has been vegan since 2013 and famously told the Mirror that she loves animals more than she loves people.

38. Kat Von D

The inimitable Kat Von D is not only a serial entrepreneur and committed vegan, she’s a mom now, too. Along with her husband, Prayers frontman Leafar Seyer, Von D is raising their son vegan as well.

39. Jehina Malik

Irrefutable proving that you don’t need animal protein to build muscle, bodybuilding champion Malik has been vegan since birth.

40. Sia

Quirky Australian singer Sia Furler made the switch from veggie to vegan a couple of years ago and took part in the revelatory 2018 animal agriculture documentary, Dominion.

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41. Lucy Watson

Model and former “Made in Chelsea” star Watson won Peta’s coveted ‘Best Vegan Cookbook’ award for her debut publication Feed Me Vegan in 2017.

42. Christina Rees

The Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Labour MP for Neath has used her position to highlight the environmental impact of livestock farming.

43. James Cromwell

Acting veteran and activist Cromwell went vegan while playing Farmer Hoggett in the 1995 film Babe.

44. Benedict Cumberbatch

The “Avengers” star isn’t just a superhero on screen–he’s also a real-life hero for animals, adhering to a vegan diet. He was named one of the “Most Beautiful” vegan celebrities by animal rights group PETA last year.

45. Natalie Portman

Film icon Natalie Portman is a longtime vegetarian who turned vegan after reading the 2009 Jonathan Safran Foer book, “Eating Animals.” She’s not only lent her support to various causes, but she also narrated the 2018 documentary based on Foer’s book.

46. Rooney Mara

Not only is the “Carol” star a vegan activist, but she’s also a designer, too. She’s the visionary behind the Hiraeth Collective – a vegan fashion label gaining ground as a leading luxury line for compassionate consumers.

47. Kate Mara

Like her sister, actress Kate Mara is vegan. And, she says being vegan is one of her “personal truths.” She’s recently also championed for wildlife conservation efforts for chimpanzees.

48. Emily Deschanel

“Bones” star Emily Deschanel is a committed vegan and raising her family vegan, too. “Being healthy, being kind to animals, being kind to our environment, to me, that’s the thing that motivates me the most,” the star says.

49. Nathalie Emmanuel

Not only is the “Game of Thrones” star a longtime vegan, but she’s also an activist, speaking out for animals. She recently took to Instagram to encourage her fans to avoid elephant tourist attractions that exploit animals.

50. Harley Quinn Smith

The actress and daughter of filmmaker Kevin Smith has been an animal rights activist for years, speaking out in numerous campaigns for animals. But her biggest achievement may be in saving her father’s life by helping him go vegan last year.

51. Kevin Smith

The filmmaker behind “Clerks” and “Mallrats” went vegan last year after suffering a massive heart attack. He’s since lost weight, reversed his heart disease and become an outspoken voice for the animals. Recently, he said he’d welcome an investor who would bring his fictional restaurant “Mooby’s” to life — but only if it’s vegan.

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What are the benefits of not eating meat?

Harvard Health Review reports there are many reasons why people choose to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

Factors include health, religious beliefs, concerns about animal welfare or the use of chemicals and antibiotics in animal products, as well as a desire to avoid excessive use of environmental resources.

Recent studies seem to confirm the health benefits of meat-free eating, particularly in relation to the reduction of chronic illnesses.

According to the American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases”.

Vegetarian diets have been linked to the reduction and improvement of conditions including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and urinary diseases.

Possible downsides to following a vegetarian diet

When considering switching to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, many people voice concern about getting sufficient amounts of protein, iron, vitamin B and zinc.

However Harvard Health studies show that lacto-ovo vegetarians generally get the recommended daily amount of protein, which is easily obtained from eggs and dairy products.

Likewise, vitamin B – espeically B12 – is only found in animal products, but those include dairy foods and eggs so most vegetarians get the required amount with minimal effort.

Vegan dieters should supplement their intake with foods fortified with vitamin B12, including soy products, rice based drinks and some breakfast cereals.

In terms of iron, studies have shown that in Western countries vegetarians tend to get the same amount of iron as meat eaters.

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What is the difference between a vegan and vegetarian diet?

In simple terms, vegetarians are people who don’t eat meat, poultry or seafood.

But in recent decades, many many variations of the vegetarian diet have emerged including:

Vegans – total vegetarians who do not eat meat, poultry, fish or any animal products including eggs, dairy products and gelatin.

Lacto vegetarians – do not eat meat, poultry, fish or eggs, but do consume dairy products.

Ovo vegetarians – do not eat meat, poultry, fish or dairy, but do eat eggs.

Lacto-ovo vegetarians – do not eat meat, poultry or fish, but do eat eggs and dairy products.

Partial vegetarians are people who avoid meat but eat fish – known as pescatarians – or poultry – known as pollo-vegetarians.

Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat any animal flesh. But in addition to not consuming animal meat, a vegan does not eat eggs, dairy products or any other product derived – even in small part – from an animal.

So now you understand the terms and jargon, let’s start looking at 11 of the world’s most famous celebrity vegetarians.

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Natalie Portman

Taking things one step on from vegetarian eating, Natalie Portman is one of the world’s most famous vegans.

The Black Swan star produced a documentary called Eating Animals – based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer – which questions the practice of raising animals to slaughter for food.

Portman is also passionate about the environmental damage cause by eating meat.

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Kate Winslet

The Oscar winner switched to a vegetarian diet late into adulthood, but Kate has been an active advocate PETA for many years.

Winslet also narrated a series of videos about boycotting restaurants that serve foie gras, a product made from the liver of a duck, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

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Jenna Dewan

The ex wife of Magic Mike star Channing Tatum has been a committed vegetarian from a young age, previously revealing she felt traumatised after watching a documentary about slaughterhouses age 10 or 11.

Jenna was later diagnosed as lactose intolerant which prompted her to change her diet to a vegan lifestyle.

She has credited veganism for clearing her skin, giving her “tonnes” more energy and improving her mental clarity.

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Jared Leto

Oscar winning actor Jared Leto is a longterm vegetarian and more recent vegan.

When he turned 41, Leto credited his plant-based diet (as well as lots of sleep) for his youthful appearance, telling GQ Magazine: “It’s probably just down to sleep and diet. If you travel long haul a lot or don’t sleep much, it’s not going to last very long, that’s for sure. I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time – 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.”

Leto officially refers to himself as a ‘cheagan’, which he says is a cheating vegan.

“I don’t eat meat ever. But if someone’s mom made a cookie and handed it to me, I’d probably take a bite, or if I’m in Alaska and there’s wild salmon out of the river, I’d probably eat it,” he once told Rolling Stone.

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Paul McCartney

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul McCartney is a long-time vegetarian and continued animal rights campaigner with PETA.

The former Beatle revealed he decided to change to a vegetarian diet during a fishing trip.

“Many years ago, I was fishing and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised – I am killing him – all for the passing pleasure it brings me. Something inside me clicked, and I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.”

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Shania Twain

American country superstar Shania Twain cites a vegetarian diet as the reason for her radiantly youthful appearance.

The singer follows a carb-free meal plan which includes a mixture of raw, whole-food products with an emphasis on dark green vegetables and nuts, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

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Ruby Rose

Australian actress Ruby Rose follows a vegetarian diet and tries to be vegan whenever she can.

The star previously urged her followers on Twitter to make a stand for the environment and for animal rights by giving up meat and following a whole-food, plant-based regime.

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Ariana Grande

In March, Ariana Grande announced she was collaborating with Starbucks to create a new drink called the Cloud Macchiato, an espresso shot and milk with fluffy foam that comes in caramel or cinnamon flavour.

The ingredients of the Cloud Macchiato caused controversy because of the inclusion of butter, heavy cream and milk – meaning the beverage is not vegan.

This sparked a storm of criticism because Ariana herself has professed to follow a strictly vegan lifestyle since 2013, causing many to wonder if Grande is vegetarian rather than fully vegan.

In an interview with The Mirror in 2014, the Thank U Next hitmaker said she “loves animals more than people” and believes “eating a full plant-based, whole food diet…can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person”.

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Evanna Lynch

Irish-born Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch has been a committed vegetarian since childhood because, as she told Vegan Food and Living, she was “viscerally repelled by the idea of eating animal flesh and there was no way to avoid the fact that someone had been killed for that piece of meat.”

Evanna transitioned to a fully vegan lifestyle in 2015 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, just like Natalie Portman.

She is now a vegan activist and regularly posts sweet images of her furry friends on Instagram.

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Lily Aldridge

Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge is just one of the VS catwalk queen’s who swears by a vegetarian diet.

The Angel says she eats clean by using a vegetarian delivery service called Sakara, and previously told Peaceful Dumpling she feels healthier when following a plant-based diet.

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Olivia Wilde

Cowboys and Aliens star Olivia Wilde has been a vegetarian since the age of 12, according to Veganuary.

The actress has been following an almost vegan lifestyle for the past four years, except during her pregnancy when she returned to vegetarian eating.

Wilde caused controversy in the animal rights community by returning to vegetarianism after her divorce, leading many critics to say she was merely jumping on a fashionable bandwagon.

Wilde told Cosmopolitan at the time, “I actually really like healthy food. I was hardcore vegan for years. When everything in my life became a little hectic, going through the divorce and everything afterward, I was like ‘I need some goddamn cheese’. And so I had some cheese.”

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Actor Kristin Bell has joined a very exclusive club. She joins the likes of Weird Al, “Broad City” stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Alexa Chung, and Billie Eilish in the vegan “Hot Ones” club.

Bell recently appeared on the popular YouTube series “Hot Ones,” produced by First We Feast. Hosted by Sean Evans, on “Hot Ones,” celebrities answer questions about their lives and careers while eating spicy wings, which get hotter and hotter as the show goes on.

During her interview, Bell was on a mission to outperform her husband, actor and writer Dax Shephard. According to Evans, back in 2017, Shephard “performed one of the most impressive runs ever seen on ‘Hot Ones.’”

Bell made it to the end of her interview relatively unaffected by the hot sauce. “We eat a lot of hot sauce at home,” she explained. “We like hot stuff … you could say ‘we’re good at it’ ‘we’re athletes,’ or ‘we’ve killed our tastebuds.’”
Bell — like several other guests before her — opted for vegan wings to be slathered in the spicy sauce. She told Evans she was “impressed” that he offered her a meat-free option.

He replied, “I’m very on the, you know, if you can do two days a week vegan or whatever, you know. It’s not good for the environment, you have all these farms or whatever, you eat so much terrible stuff. So I think that, you know, it’s good not to have the wing thing all the time.” Bell responded, “it’s nice. You’re nice.”

Bell on Being Ethical


Bell — who follows a vegetarian diet — tries to be as ethical as possible. She plays Eleanor Shellstrop in Netflix show “The Good Place,” where her character learns all about morality and how to make the most ethical decisions. In her real life, Bell practices moral particularism, she explained to Evans.

Moral particularism is where situations are evaluated on a case by case basis, instead of just applying one blanket rule, like utilitarianism (the greatest good for the greatest number) or Kantianism (the idea that the morality of actions does not depend on the consequence, but whether they fulfill the person’s duty at the time).

Bell looks at diet with an ethical view. She has been a vegetarian since the age of 11 and continues to avoid meat and eat plant-based foods. Together with her husband, she owns a vegan and cruelty-free baby care line at Walmart named Hello Bello.

The “Frozen” star is also an animal activist. She narrated a 2018 documentary called “Pandas,” which aimed to raise awareness of the plight of the formerly endangered wild giant panda.

While she loves many animals, Bell’s favorite is the sloth. Evans even credits her with bringing about a “sloth revolution.”

“They speak to me because they really are just a junk drawer of an animal,” she told the host. “They are like a pig meets a monkey, but with the reflexes of your grandmother. And how are any of those things bad?” She added, “they just remind me to slow down. That’s why I love them.”

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Kristen Bell, star of movies, television and one absurdly cute meltdown, has made the switch from vegetarian (since age 11) to a full fledged vegan. This change in diet came about after the starlet viewed the documentary Forks Over Knives, which explores the connection between animal products and degenerative diseases.

According to Kristen’s Interview in Women’s Health, ”It’s more about the health benefits than the ethics. But it’s compounded by the fact that I love animals and feel better not eating them.”

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Her fiancé actor/comedian Dax Shepard has also made the switch, coming from an omnivore diet, adding one more to the list of high profile vegans.

Don’t let the sudden change in diet fool you though, Bell feels more than at home in a kitchen and her and Dax maybe eating different but they’re not going hungry. Bell even grows her own produce, in her words, “There’s cilantro, sage, baby greens. Carrots, broccoli, kale, potatoes, cauliflower. These are strawberries. Romaine, butter lettuce, thyme… Ooh, the spinach is coming up real nice.”

It’s fantastic that so many people, especially those in the public eye are choosing to leave animals off of their plates. One of the greatest aspects of this change, besides the obvious lack of cruelty, is the multitude of reasons behind these choices some do it for the environment, some because of the humane aspects and others do it for personal health.

Whether it’s one, two or all three of these reasons the world is a better place with more vegans like Bell and Shepard.

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While Kristen Bell has been a vegetarian since she was 11 years old, in 2012 she and her husband Dax Shepard decided to become vegans after they watched a documentary titled Forks Over Knives. However, it would seem that while the actress is still a strong supporter of the lifestyle, she is no longer a strict vegan, and in a new interview she explained why her diet has changed.

During a recent interview with Today, Kristen Bell, who was on the set of her upcoming Netflix comedy, opened up about her diet and the first food she plans to order when she gets back home from filming. Apparently the first thing that Bell wants to add to her shopping cart with Amazon is cheese. In fact, she shared that the first grocery order will include “a baguette, some burrata and some basil.”

Although Kristen Bell was a strict vegan for a number of years, she explained that it was ultimately not sustainable for her, especially during her pregnancy. The actress explained that during her first pregnancy she was working, and she had a feeling that she needed more calories in her diet. She said that it was actually something she was very conscious of at the time. Plus, with two pregnancies back to back, it was important that she sustain her caloric intake.

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Kristen Bell joked that living in California means that she lives in “the dietary-restriction capital of the universe,” and cooking for her friends can be quite the challenge with their restrictive diets. However, when it comes to cooking for Dax Shepard and her children, the actress finds it a lot easier because they are willing to try new things. While Bell said that she is still proud to be a vegetarian, Shepard has admitted to eating chicken still, whereas the actress does not eat any meat because she apparently has no “craving for it.”

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While she may not be a strict vegan anymore, Kristen Bell did say that she truly believes in being “a conscientious eater,” which means that even when she is eating eggs or dairy-based products, she looks to places that treat the animals humanely. She also said that even if she went back to being a vegan, it would not be simply for the sake of the animals, but rather because she believes veganism is a “wonderful way to live” and has a positive effect on one’s health and body, as well as the environment.

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Last week Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines, announced that he was giving up eating beef after studying its impact on the environment. This is not the first time an international thought leader has pronounced his love of a meat-free life.

In fact, important figures in history have eaten plant-based for thousands of years. What can we learn from famous vegetarians in history?

1. Pythagoras

This Greek scholar, known for his math theorem lived over 2,500 years ago and ate a fleshless diet, called the “Pythagorean diet” until the word vegetarian became popular in the late 1800s.

He said “as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

2. Buddha

Around the same time as Pythagoras, Siddhartha Gautama in India began a 25-year journey as a pauper, culminating in his enlightenment, or Buddha, in Sanskrit.

He embraced strict vegetarianism. He wrote that “it is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”

3. Leonardo da Vinci

Born in 1452, this Renaissance man was famous for his study of mathematics, anatomy, engineering, art, sculpture, and aerospace.

His vegetarianism has been credited to reading about the life of Pythogoras. He said, “my body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”

4. Percy Shelley

English author Percy Shelley may have become a vegetarian to be as different as possible from a father he loathed, but he became passionate about the topic and in 1813 wrote “A Vindication of Natural Diet.” There he challenged meat eaters to “tear a living lamb with his teeth and, plunging his head into its vitals, slake his thirst with the steaming blood.”

5. Mary Shelley

Another English author, Shelley is famous for her work Frankenstein and was a practicing vegetarian. She made the famous monster of her classic tome a plant-eater and wrote for him that “my food is not that of man, I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford my sufficient nourishment.”

6. Gandhi

Trained as a lawyer, Mahatma Gandhi turned to civil disobedience to lead a forceful movement for Indian independence. One of his most powerful mentors was the Jain philosopher Rajchandra, who stressed ahimsa or extreme acts to avoid violence to living things. Gandhi wrote that “to my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”

7. George Bernard Shaw

Author of Pygmalion, Shaw won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. He attributes his vegetarianism to the influence of Shelley and to the economics of saving money on food during his lean years. He is most famous for saying “animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends.”

8. Isaac Bashevis Singer

He became the second vegetarian recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (after Shaw) when he was awarded this honor in 1978. He grew up in Eastern Europe and escaped Nazi oppression. He adopted vegetarianism in 1962, explaining that “when you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.”

9. Dick Gregory

He is known for his humor and political activism, even entering the 1968 Presidential race. He was a student of Ghandi and wrote Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet For Folks Who Eat in 1974. He wrote that “Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.”

10. Paul McCartney

Few living figures are as well known as this Beatle who continues to perform music worldwide. Paul is known for his dedication to animal rights. He has done many ads for PETA and narrates a video with the famous line that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

11. Albert Einstein

With a mop of hair recognized worldwide, Albert Einstein adopted vegetarianism toward the end of his life, indicating that he gave up fats, meat, and fish. It was his belief that man was not born to be a carnivore and he said forcefully that “nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet.”

A plant based diet is increasing in popularity and in some countries is well over 10% of the population. Many modern icons such as Russell Simmons, Alicia Silverstone, Beyonce, Rich Roll, Hillary Biscay, Mac Danzig, Russell Brand, and Natalie Portman serve as role models for this movement.

Ultimately diet is a personal decision but even observing just a Meatless Monday can have a significant impact. The positive impact of the growing plant based movement is a bright spot for the world.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) Russian author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Tolstoy was a vegetarian and argued there was a strong moral basis for vegetarianism. “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924) Existentialist writer. After adopting a vegetarian diet, Kafka stated: “Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.”

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) Important early feminist. Mary Wollstonecraft and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley were both vegetarians and advocates of animal rights.

Activists and entertainment

Jane Goodall (1934- ) British Conservationist who has helped to conserve Chimpanzees in the wild. She is also a spokesperson for conservation and animal welfare. Goodall has been a lifelong vegetarian, who shares a close sympathy with animals.

Rosa Parks (1913-2005) – Civil rights activist. Parks precipitated the Montgomery bus boycott (1955) In 2004, she stated she had been a vegetarian for 40 years, partly due to the health benefits.

Brigitte Bardot (1934 – ) Actress, singer and fashion model. She later turned to animal rights activism. In 1986 she became a vegetarian and is a major opponent of the consumption of horse meat.

Linda McCartney (1941-1998) An American musician and photographer. Linda became vegetarian in the 1970s and formed her own company selling vegetarian foods. She has promoted the ethical treatment of animals through supporting organisations like PETA.

Pamela Anderson (1967 – ) Canadian model, actress and animal rights activist. Anderson appeared in an advertisement designed to discourage meat-eating. Anderson’s bikini-clad body was covered in marks that mimic a butcher’s diagram — with parts of her flesh marked up with words like ‘breast,’ ’round,’ and ‘rump.’…

Alicia Silverstone (1976 – ) American actress, tv producer and animal rights activist. She became a vegan in 1998 and has published a book ‘The Kind Diet’ offering guide to vegan cooking.

Ellen DeGeneres (1958 – ) Actress, comedian, and tv host. DeGeneres is a committed animal rights activist and vegan.

Paul McCartney (1942 -) Leading member of the Beatles. Paul McCartney says he became a vegetarian after being on a fishing trip and seeing a fish suffer. His wife, Linda, set up a vegetarian food company. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” — Paul McCartney

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22 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Vegetarian

It’s the hottest trend around—and something tells us it will last longer than the hubbub surrounding Pokémon Go. Eschewing animal products‚ from meat to dairy, won’t just help you whittle your waistline; experts are finding the trend is immensely beneficial for the planet, animal welfare, and even improving overall human health. According to Vanderbilt researchers, those who eat the most fruit and veggies have a 15 percent lower risk of mortality than those who eat the least amount!

But don’t just take our word for it—here are the fit celebs you didn’t know followed a vegan or vegetarian diet. Not only do they look great, these celebs can’t stop gushing about how the diet helps them feel energized, focused, and strong. Just see for yourself! And to find out more ways these hot-shot A-listers can help you further your better-body goals, check out these 40 Best (and Worst) Celebrity Weight Loss Tips.

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Liam Hemsworth

Australian soap opera actor turned Hollywood movie star, Liam Hemsworth is one of the many celebrities who has chosen to give up animal products. In a 2015 interview with Men’s Fitness, Hemsworth said his reasoning is a combination of looking after his own body, as well as morality toward other living creatures, telling the magazine, “My own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.” He continued to sing praises of the diet, exclaiming, “There are no negatives to eating like this. I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of a domino effect on the rest of my life.” You go, Liam! Looking to convert yourself? Take a look at our 1-month challenge, Meatless Month for Meat Lovers.

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Lea Michele

Scream Queens and Glee star, Lea Michele joked to NY Daily News in 2011 about how people think her vegan diet means she only eats grass—but that’s far from the case. She was once a vegetarian, but transitioned to veganism after reading The New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch, “and it slapped me in the face,” she told Women’s Health. Now, Lea is hooked on organic produce more for what it does for her well-being than her waistline. According to an interview with SELF magazine, a typical day for her starts with either a tofu scramble, avocado toast, or a smoothie after a SoulCycle workout. She’ll usually stick to salads for lunch, and for dinner, Lea—who is half Italian—says she has a soft spot for a bowl of pasta. If you do too, you need to take a look at our exclusive report, 40 Best and Worst Pasta Sauces—Ranked!

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Christie Brinkley

The caption of one of Brinkley’s recent Instagram posts says, “I feel so much better when I make time to #exercise and #eatright! I am a lifelong #Vegetarian aspiring #Vegan.” While a majority of her diet consists of vegan foods Brinkley classifies herself as a “flexible vegan” because she simply can’t stand the thought of giving up fresh mozzarella! Whether she is a vegetarian, a flexitarian, or a full on vegan, one thing remains the same: She eats three meals a day and snacks in between—all of which are filled with plant-based foods that fulfill her daily dose of macronutrients. Find out more about what keeps Brinkley looking so gorgeous at her age with these 6 Secrets To How Christie Brinkley Still Slays at 62!

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Miley Cyrus

Dubbed the “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2015” by the animal-rights organization, PeTA, Miley Cyrus committed to being a vegetarian following the death of her beloved dog, Floyd, in 2014. The singer and new host of NBC’s hit show The Voice recently shared a photo on Instagram of veggie tacos topped with avocado and fresh tomato salsa with the caption, “The luxurious life of a vegetarian in LA… So many good plants/fruits/veggies to eat you ain’t gottttta eat dead animals! Love this life!” Another snap of a homemade meal featured a simple stir fry with fresh veggies and what appears to be a frozen medley of peas, carrots, and corn. Frozen veggies are one of the best kitchen staples for cooking because they help you throw together a healthy meal in a jiffy (so you don’t have to order salty takeout), and are often full of more nutrients than fresh as they’re frozen at their peak of ripeness.

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Christian Bale

Actor Christian Bale told GQ Magazine that he “decided to go vegetarian at the age of 7” and adhered to the diet strictly until right after his role as the toned banker/sociopath-serial-killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Although he’s “in and out of the vegetarianism now,” it’s still impressive that the majority of the building up for his roles—most notably as Batman in The Dark Night—was “done when I was still a vegetarian.” Something tells us he might be a fan of some of our favorite plant-based protein powders.

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Ellie Goulding

The singer told Look magazine that she once has such low confidence in her body image, she was afraid to leave her apartment. That’s all changed since platinum-selling artist started eating better with a vegetarian diet in 2013 and switched over to a vegan diet in 2015; “Before, I had a flat bum, no boobs and not much shape. I’m a bit more confident with my body. I put it down to eating amazingly well. Now my body’s different, my face shape is different and my eyes are brighter, too.” Goulding’s Instagram is full of photos of her working out, along with indulging in plant-based favorites like green juice, broccolini, sauteed kale, and broad bean burgers. One of her most recent snaps is of Pukka Organic tea, calling it “the most peaceful drink in the world.” Not only are certain teas great at reducing stress, many are also teeming with powerful antioxidants which help detox your body and rev your metabolism.

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At the end of 2013, Beyoncé famously took the “22 Day Challenge” with husband and rapper Jay Z where she ate vegan for 22 days. Although Beyonce confessed via a YouTube video that she no longer strictly stuck to the diet, saying “Now, you know, I still eat meat,” she still stressed that she now eats better: “it’s all about balance absolutely make better choices .” It sure sounds like it! According to what the Grammy-award-winning singer told Shape, it sounds like she’s focusing on vegetarian foods: “I always have breakfast, say, scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk. For lunch and dinner, I eat a lot of fish and vegetables. And throughout the day, I try to stay hydrated.” Find out what Bey and other celebs eat for their morning meal with these 26 Breakfasts Celebrities Love.

8

Jason Schwartzman

A common face in Wes Anderson films, actor Jason Schwartzman says he’s “essentially a vegan,” according to an interview with The New York Times’ T Magazine. And just because you don’t eat animal products, doesn’t mean you can’t eat classically animal-based foods. Take ice cream, for instance. Schwartzman recalls a time where he stopped by a vegan ice cream place called Lula’s Apothecary, “that was just incredible. the best ice cream.” It might be closed now, but the ice cream parlor used to make the frozen treat using soy, nut, or coconut milk.

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Kristen Bell

In an interview with the Vegetarian Times, actress Kristen Bell recalls “I had a lot of quirks as a child. One was that I didn’t like to eat meat: I didn’t like to chew it, didn’t like the taste or smell of it, and just wasn’t having any of it. I was in the minority of kids who actually loved fruits and vegetables.” Although her mom taught her the trick to “constantly monitor how colorful the food on plate is,” Kristen seems partial to dark green power vegetables, like broccoli and kale, by the looks of a recent Instagram photo showing her taking some of these cruciferous veggies home from Jimmy Kimmel’s garden. We can’t blame her. Cruciferous veggies are full of vitamins C, E, and K, carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, B-vitamins like folate, and cancer-fighting compounds like sulforaphane.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum

She often steals the show from her hubby, Channing Tatum, in their Step Up movies—we’re talking about Jenna Dewan-Tatum, that is. And although she’s had no luck convincing Channing to adopt her vegan diet (Jenna told Women’s Health magazine he only lasted 6 months), the fit actress and dancer soldiers on alone. She can often be found eating tabouli, brown rice bowls with black beans and roasted veggies, or sipping on a green smoothie in the morning; Jenna tends to make hers with spinach, kale, lemon, apple, banana, sometimes pear, a little cod liver.

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Brad Pitt

Hollywood’s heartthrob is apparently also a fan of cows. An “insider” told DailyMail in 2009 that Brad has been a vegetarian for decades and wanted his and actress wife, Angelina Joie’s, children to also eschew meat, saying, “Brad hates seeing the children eating meat and he’s annoyed with how much red meat Angelina has. He goes on about the damage caused by methane gas from cattle and that the family should go veggie, but Angie says that’s never going to happen.”

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Carrie Underwood

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Maybe it’s because she’s a country star, or just because she knows how healthy it can be, but singer Carrie Underwood is a huge fan of farm-to-table foods: “I like to know where all the food that I’m putting in my body is coming from,” she told Us Weekly. The vegetarian-turned-vegan mom likes to do all her grocery shopping and often stocks up on stir-fry kits, Amy’s meatless burgers, and armloads of onions and garlic; “I put onions and garlic in everything,” she told Every Day with Rachael Ray. Some of her favorite meals include steel-cut oats, maybe a little maple syrup in it and berries, toast with Earth Balance vegan butter, quinoa or brown rice with vegetables and tofu, and a vegan cheese quesadilla filled with beans and lentils.

13

Sarah Silverman

Comedian, actor, author, and political activist Sarah Silverman has been a vegetarian since she was 10. Because she understands the importance of childhood nutrition, she played a part in asking Congress to pass the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, which would have helped school food service programs serve more fruits, vegetables, and healthy plant-based vegetarian meal options. (Unfortunately, it was never enacted.) It appears she’s still going strong, recently posting meals like a bowl of grape nuts with almond milk, a late-night dinner of bulgur, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and a vegetarian favorite: heart-healthy avocados. The fruit was shown all alone, however; we hope Sarah knows about all the avocado recipes she could use it in!

14

Ricky Martin

Singer Ricky Martin tweeted in 2013, “7 weeks on a #vegetarian diet! I feel amazing! #NoFish #NoRedMeat #NoChicken” and PETA Latino Coordinator Renée Saldaña promptly responded with his delight: “PETA Latino is delighted that Ricky is sharing with his millions of fans how incredible he feels as a vegetarian. He’s not alone: People who go vegetarian boost their energy and cut their risk of heart disease, cancer, and obesity—a major concern for Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention.”

15

Ariana Grande

The actress and Grammy-nominated singer tweeted back in 2013, “I’ve eaten organically since I was little and always kept meat minimal but today marks my first day as a 100% Vegan!!!! Joyous day.” She told V Magazine the decision came after watching Forks Over Knives, a documentary that implicated a meat and dairy-based diet in causing America’s metabolic health crisis. Although she infamously was caught on a security camera licking a donut at a bakery, Ariana likes to stick to more healthy vegan foods; she recently posted a photo to Instagram of one of her favorite anti-aging foods: blueberries.

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Natalie Portman

It seems like people have the same on-again-off-again relationship with veganism as many have with romantic partners. Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman wrote in The Huffington Post about how Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals, converted the 20-year vegetarian to a vegan diet between 2009 and 2011. She then went back to being a vegetarian so she could eat baked goods made with eggs (and because she started having dairy cravings when she was pregnant). In a recent interview with InStyle in 2015, Portman explained her secret to great skin is her diet, “I’m vegan, and I drink a lot of water. If I have dairy, I break out immediately.”

17

Samuel L. Jackson

Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson became an unlikely poster boy for veganism after losing over 40 pounds sticking to the diet. He recently revealed his motivation to DailyMail that he made the switch because he recently survived a life-threatening blood clot near his heart, and his doctor recommended that adopting a no-meat, no-dairy lifestyle would be his greatest chance of staying alive. At first, he said, “Because I was losing weight, people thought I was dying. ut I was just on a hardcore vegan regime.” Jackson transformed his health, claiming he “lost weight, lowered my blood pressure, lowered my cholesterol levels and my body mass index.” Because he was required to gain weight for the movie Tarzan, the actor is no longer a vegan. But that doesn’t mean he’s eating meat at every meal. “I have protein meals two to three times a week and eat vegetarian the other four days,” he says. Does Jackson know there are dozens of vegetarian high protein snacks?

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Ellen Degeneres & Portia De Rossi

Married couple Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi have been vegan since 2008. They even launched a website back in 2011 to help people quit their meat habit. In an interview with Katie Couric on her talk show, Ellen said that she “used to love cheeseburgers and steaks. I forced myself to watch a documentary called Earthlings and it is inside footage of factory farms and dairy farms and you just see that and you go, ‘I can’t participate in that.'” Instead of beef and chicken, the couple eats plant-based foods like grilled veggie sandwiches made with portabella, zucchini, bell peppers and hempseed pesto—according to an Instagram shot by Portia. The Arrested Development actress is also a huge fan of nutrient-dense sprouted foods like Ezekiel bread!

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Jared Leto

He sometimes refers to himself as a “chegan” (cheating vegan), but the singer and actor has mostly been vegetarian for past 20 years and switched to vegan diet in 2013. He’s also built muscle mass as a vegan, claiming “I’m trying to gain a lot of weight” in a Billboard magazine interview. Take a look at his Instagram, and you’ll see—Leto loves beans. As one of the top plant-based sources of protein and fiber, beans are a cheap, nutrient-dense food.

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Olivia Wilde

Although she gave up her 5-year vegan streak over the course of her 2013 pregnancy, actress Olivia Wilde has been a longtime vegetarian. She told The Huffington Post, ” is not always easy and accessible, but it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better. My skin was better, energy was better.” Post-baby, Olivia regards herself as a pescatarian and still loves her veggies. She shared one of her favorite recipes with Women’s Health for a vegan bolognese made with fresh herbs, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, and tempeh. Offering a whopping 21 grams of protein per 4 ounces, tempeh is a protein-packed soy product that’s also teeming with gut-healthy probiotics thanks to it being a fermented food.

22

Christina Applegate

Famous for her role of Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married… with Children and as anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the comedy Anchorman, Christina Applegate reflected on her eating habits to Origin.—a “conscious culture” magazine—in 2013: “I’ve been vegetarian for so long now that I don’t remember anything different, so it’s easy for me to put meals together and make sure my family is eating healthy, too.” One of her favorite meals is “quinoa pasta with tons of veggies and feta.” Her toned body isn’t just the result of her plant-based diet, however. Applegate also says she fits “in a bit of cardio during the week. Although, running and playing around with my three-year-old keeps me pretty active as it is.” Christina is right—you don’t need a gym to work out! Just take a look at these 31 Sneaky Ways to Work Out—Without Hitting the Gym.

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26 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

Food fads come and go, but veganism is here to stay. For some vegan celebrities, not using or eating animal products is a simple way to look and feel healthier. For others, it’s a philosophy that goes far beyond how they fuel their insides and what they wear on their outsides.

Whatever the reason, committing 100 percent to a vegan lifestyle is no easy feat (even a few people on our list admit to being occasional “cheagans”) and many famous people have tried and failed. Those celebs include the likes of Kristen Bell, Usher, Dax Shepard, Lea Michele, Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway and, yes, even Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

But we’re not here to shame anyone. Whether going vegan for a couple of months to shed a few pounds or for a lifetime to battle the environmental ramifications of industrial farming, we applaud the following vegan celebrities for living their best vegan lives.

1 Jessica Chastain

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For Jessica Chastain, veganism is a family affair. Chastain’s mother is a vegan chef, but Chastain didn’t make the switch to veganism from vegetarianism until 2007. At the time, Chastain was battling high cholesterol and fatigue. She decided to give veganism a shot when a friend couldn’t finish the food from her two-week vegan delivery program.

“I used it and immediately I just had more energy than I ever had in my life,” she told W. Chastain may have converted for physical reasons, but she embraces the ethical aspects as well. “I don’t want to torture anything,” she says. “It’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world.”

2 Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus chose to become a vegan in 2014. The singer-actress spoke about her passion for sustainable fashion during last year’s Met Gala. “For me, I want to bring a message which is veganism, and that there doesn’t have to be torture in fabulous fashion,” she told Vogue. When Cyrus tied the knot with beau Liam Hemsworth in December 2018, the menu was a southern feast including vegan mac and cheese and vegan fried chicken.

3 Liam Hemsworth

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Liam Hemsworth followed Cyrus’s lead, adopting a vegan lifestyle in 2015. “For my own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat,” Hemsworth told Men’s Fitness. While his lady love no doubt played a role in Hemsworth’s awakening, he actually credits pal and Hunger Games co-star Woody Harrelson (among others) for the change.

4 Meghan Markle

In 2016, the former Suits star told Best Health she’s a part-time vegan. “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends,” she said.

Meghan Markle continues to follow her pre-Harry diet since becoming an official member of the royal family—and that’s no easy feat in the land of meat and pudding. The Duchess of Sussex even plans to use vegan paint to coat the walls of the nursery for her and Prince Harry’s first child, reports The Sun. You’ll also want to learn the other 15 Ways Meghan Keeps That “Markle Sparkle.”

5 Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is famous for her chart-topping hits and wild romances, but this Italian girl gave up meat and cheese in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding,” she told Mirror.co.uk. “But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole-food diet that expands your life length and can make you an all-around happier person.”

6 James Cromwell

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That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do. James Cromwell played the ax-wielding, duck-killing Farmer Hoggett in Babe. The experience of working alongside his furry and feathered co-stars had a profound effect on the longtime vegetarian’s outlook, prompting him to take the leap to veganism.

“I cared about their welfare and then, of course, you have lunch, and it’s all out there in front of you, and I thought I should go the whole hog, so to speak,” he said in an interview with TakePart. Cromwell later joined forces with PETA and was arrested in 2017 during a protest against the treatment of orcas at Sea World.

7 Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix and his five siblings were all raised vegan. “I was three years old—to this day it is a vivid memory,” he told DNA India. “My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn’t disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.”

Phoenix has narrated two documentaries for Nation Earth and is a member and active campaigner for PETA and In Defense of Animals. Most recently, Phoenix gathered with lawmakers and other animal-rights activists at Los Angeles City Hall to announce statewide legislation to ban traveling wild-animal exhibitions.

8 Woody Harrelson

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Fans know Woody Harrelson used to be a big fan of “herbs,” but the Hunger Games star has also been a vegan for three decades. The Oscar-nominated Harrelson gave up dairy to improve his skin, and the results were eye opening. “So, I started thinking to myself, jeez, I’ve always been told ‘milk does a body good,'” he told Esquire.

“It’s a fundamental thing. So, from there, it was like, what else are they lying about?” Harrelson is an ethical vegan which means he doesn’t rely on animals for anything. Harrelson is also the co-owner of Sage, the world’s first organic vegan beer garden in Culver City, California.

9 Ava DuVernay

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Director-writer-actress Ava DuVernay was named one of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2018. For DuVernay, whose directing credits include 13th and Selma, veganism isn’t just about healthy eating, animal rights, or the environment. She took to Twitter to point out it’s also a matter of social injustice and food access (or lack thereof). “Like many food trends that seem new, black veganism has historic roots,” DuVernay tweeted. PETA praised DuVernay ‘for saving animals not only by going vegan but by sharing her commitment with the world.’

10 James Cameron

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James Cameron, director of blockbuster hits Avatar and Titanic, became a vegan six years ago. Cameron and his wife, Suzi Amis Cameron, co-executive produced Game Changers, a documentary demonstrating the benefits of going vegan. The 2018 Sundance entry demonstrates how a plant-based diet benefits athletes, weightlifters, and bodybuilders. Always outspoken, Cameron doesn’t mince words when it comes to eating meat. “It’s not only killing us, it’s killing the planet,” Cameron told Deadline. “The environmental impacts are enormous.”

11 Ellen Page

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The Canadian-born actress was thrust into the spotlight after her star-making turn in the film Juno. Ellen Page has continued to act, but she’s also used her fame as a platform to turn the light on issues she is passionate about. She’s a self-proclaimed pro-choice feminist, an atheist, and among many other things, a vegan.

Page is very vocal on social media about her politics and personal passions. “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?” she tweeted.

12 Laverne Cox

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The Orange Is the New Black star announced she was a vegan on Twitter in 2017, writing it was the “best thing ever!” Laverne Cox, the first trans woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy, partnered with ORLY to develop a vegan nail polish line named Celebrate Yourself. The LGBT advocate isn’t the only vegan cast member of the popular Netflix series. Cox’s co-stars Ruby Rose and Danielle Brooks are also enthusiastic plant-based eaters.

13 Venus Williams

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After tennis phenom Venus Williams was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s Syndrome in 2011 (she was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open because of her symptoms), she made drastic changes to her diet to help her return to the court. Not only did Williams eliminate animal products, she stopped eating foods cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

But even world-class athletes have moments of weakness, and sometimes, celery root soup isn’t enough. “If it’s on your plate, I might get to cheat,” Williams said, according to USA Today. “If you’re sitting next to me, good luck. You turn your head once and your food might be gone.”

14 Benedict Cumberbatch

PETA also crowned Benedict Cumberbatch one of the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2018. During the press tour for Avengers: Infinity War, Cumberbatch spoke about his veganism in multiple interviews.

When a reporter for Time Out London asked the actor if he had to eat anything “gross” like “egg whites” to meet the physical demands of playing Dr. Strange, Cumberbatch replied, “No, no—well, I eat a plant-based diet.” In 2016, Cumberbatch appeared on the cover of British GQ wearing vegan boots and a suit from Brave GentleMan—the world’s first all-vegan luxury menswear store.

15 Carrie Underwood

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Country songstress Carrie Underwood became a vegetarian at the age of 13 after witnessing the slaughter of animals firsthand on her parents’ farm. Underwood made the commitment to veganism in 2011, but she has been known to cheat. Underwood considers herself a “practical vegan.” “The vegan thing is something I try to do my best on because it’s a cheesy world out there,” she told Women’s Health.

16 Ellen Pompeo

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During Ellen Pompeo’s annual visit to Dr. Kristi Funk, founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, Pompeo and the physician got to chatting about Funk’s book, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual. Armed with information from Funk, Pompeo left the appointment determined to put herself and her family on a vegan diet.

Pompeo told People the change has been “super fun,” and that preparing vegan meals is actually easier than cooking meat which has a shorter shelf life. “You just have to get the vegetables, but vegetables stay good for a week—and I think we all feel better.”

17 Peter Dinklage

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Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage had been a vegetarian since childhood. With the abundance of vegan options available, Dinklage found transitioning into veganism a few years ago to be an easy adjustment. “There are so many more organic markets, soy markets, restaurants,” he said in an interview with PETA. “That’s the funny thing. People think it’s more expensive and harder to find, but it is truly less expensive and very easy to find.” Dinklage is also an ambassador for Cruelty Free International which works to end animal testing worldwide.

18 Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman became a vegan in 2009 after reading Johnathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals. Portman also co-produced and narrated a documentary based on Foer’s work which was released in June 2018. At the New York City premiere, Portman explained to members of the press her shift from vegetarian to vegan.

“I think until then, I had thought, ‘Oh, with eggs and dairy you’re not killing animals,” she told Vanity Fair. “It’s just their natural byproducts. But when I started learning about the conditions—and the environmental effects of all these animals and the impact on humans of having large groups of sick animals together, it really made me want to change immediately.”

19 Erykah Badu

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When it comes to eating meat, Erykah Badu steers clear. The singer-songwriter became a vegan in 2006. In an interview with VegNews, Badu addressed the misconception that veganism is an elitist white lifestyle. “I mean we—black people, poor people—we’ve not really been introduced to the injustices behind what we eat.” Badu and her ex-boyfriend, Common, appear together in the documentary Holistic Wellness for the Hip Hop Generation. The film conveys the dangers of consuming low-quality food.

20 Jared Leto

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Jared Leto may play bad guys on the big screen, but he’s all about clean living when it comes to his day-to-day life. Leto’s been a vegan since his early 20s. But the handsome actor-rocker has been known to bend the rules a bit. “I’m a cheagan, a cheating vegan,” he told Rolling Stone. “I don’t eat meat ever. But if someone’s mom made a cookie and handed it to me, I’d probably take a bite, or if I’m in Alaska, and there’s wild salmon out of the river, I’d probably eat it.”

21 Jenna Dewan

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Jenna Dewan’s fierce bod isn’t just the result of years of killer choreography. Dewan told the L.A. Times she went cold-turkey vegetarian at a young age after seeing a TV program about slaughterhouses. Dewan was a vegetarian for 22 years before becoming a vegan in 2013.

“After going vegan, I felt so much better. My skin cleared up, I had a ton more energy and I just felt clearer in the head.” Dewan appears in a PETA campaign covered only in body paint to call attention to all the snakes, crocodiles, lizards and alligators killed for their skins in the name of fashion. And for more on how some celebs get their fierce bods, check out What Celebrities with Perfect Bodies Do Every Day.

22 Mayim Bialik

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The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik’s inspiration to change her dietary habits was Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals. “It was really after that book that I had both the education and the confidence and the personal conviction to be able to say I don’t know where to draw the line anymore, so I’m not going to draw it,” she told One Green Planet. “I’m gonna step over the line and there’s been no turning back.”

Bialik put her recipes where her mouth is by writing her cookbook Mayim’s Vegan Table. Bialik isn’t the only star of the long-running CBS series who subscribes to a plant-based diet. Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and recurring guest star Sara Gilbert do as well.

23 Bill Clinton

Donald Trump isn’t the only leader of the free world who has a hankering for junk food. Former President Bill Clinton loved meat whether it moo’d or squealed. But after a quadruple bypass in 2004 and angioplasty in 2010, Clinton decided it was time to make extreme changes to his diet.

During an interview with CNN in 2011, Clinton told Dr. Sanjay Gupta he no longer consumed meat, dairy, eggs, and hardly any oil. “I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now,” he said. In 2014, the New York Times revealed Clinton reintegrated some lean proteins into his diet.

24 Madelaine Petsch

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Riverdale vixen Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom, hasn’t been tempted to stray from her vegan diet even once in her life. Petsch shared with People her 1,700 calorie a day meal plan, and while it may not include shakes from Pop’s, the actor isn’t depriving herself. Petsch even indulges in vegan banana ice cream for desert. “Being vegan keeps my body fueled and running smoothly,” she said.

25 Maggie Q

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Maggie Q was named one of Peta’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrities of 2017 and believes going vegan is the best way to battle climate change.

“I know that when I’m eating … I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting the people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals,” she told PETA. And for more self-aware celebs, check out the 25 Celebrities Who Live in Surprisingly Modest Homes.

26 Cory Booker

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey became a vegetarian while playing college ball back in 1992. The transition to veganism was a gradual one, but Booker said his last non-vegan meal was on election night in 2014. Booker has no intention of foisting his beliefs on anyone else, but he does see a greater public awareness when it comes to animal cruelty.

“I want to continue to be a part of a movement of folks who are fighting against corporate interests that are undermining the public good and the public welfare,” he told VegNews.

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