Veganism is on the rise in the US and in the entire world. Back in 2009 being vegan sounded like one was from another planet. But today, 5% of the United States is vegetarian. Half of these people are vegan. The numbers are continuing to rise, in fact by 2050 the United States can become a vegan country. Okay, maybe not a completely vegan country, but a large percentage or even the majority of the population may be following a vegan or vegetarian diet in the future.
Vegetarian do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or other seafood, but may still eat dairy and eggs. Vegan, however, completely stay away from all foods that come from an animal, so they don’t eat dairy and eggs. Yes, this means not having cheese at all. Ethical vegans stay away wearing or using animal products, such as fur or leather, and products that have been tested on animals, including many popular cosmetic brands. Besides vegetarians and vegans, the number of people who are following a plant-based diet is on the rise too. They may still eat some animal products, but only limited amounts. Their plates focus on greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Meatless Monday has gone mainstream years ago.
There are so many reasons one may choose to go vegan. It can be their health, their passion for animal rights, their care for the environment, their desire to lose weight, or simply following a trend. It may be a combination of several reasons. The main reason most people claim to go vegan is learning about the unethical treatment of animals from a documentary or book. Closely behind this is learning about the benefits of a vegan or plant-based diet. But we can’t forget about the influence of celebrities. More and more celebrities are going vegan inspiring their fans and the general population to follow their lead. Vegan celebrities tend to look vibrant, energetic, healthy and sexy. Here are the 15 hottest vegan celebrities.
Usher doesn’t need to be introduced, but just in case, he is a great singer, songwriter and dancer. He transitioned to a vegan diet in 2012. In 2008 when his father died he decided to take charge of his health and his life. He was determined and four years later he found veganism. He says he feels better than ever and looks great. He is so passionate about the lifestyle that he has been trying to influence his colleagues, including Justin Bieber. Justin didn’t get on the vegan wagon though, but who knows, maybe he will someday.
14. Gwyneth Paltrow
Some may still think of Gwyneth Paltrow as the ex-girlfriend of Brad Pitt, but long time passed since. She was married to Chris Martin and are both vegan. Strangely enough, her ex, Brad, is also vegan now. Gwyneth and her husband made a switch to the vegan lifestyle to heal from some health conditions they were dealing with. She claims the diet changed her life: she has more energy and amazing skin. She has became an advocate of her new diet and even wrote a recipe book to share her knowledge.
13. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is a singer, song writer and an actress. It is hard to believe that she is already 23 years old, as she was JUST a teenager not so long ago. Miley was selected by PETA to be the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2015. She is a dedicated vegan and Animal Rights advocate who has even written a song about her beloved blowfish. She is vegan, she is sexy, she is talented – she deserves the award for sure.
12. Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson, one of the stars of The Hunger Games is most certainly not hungry on his vegan diet. He has been eating a vegan diet free of all animal products for 25 years. Once he made a switch his health problems and acne disappeared. He has been vegan so long that maybe he doesn’t even remember his non-vegan past anymore. He is not only a vegan and vegan advocate, but also very environmentally conscious. He lives in Maui on an organic farm. He doesn’t use a cell phone and he drives energy efficient cars. He is a co-owner of a vegan restaurant, Sage.
11. Carl Lewis
We must include an athlete on this list. Carl Lewis is a world-famous Olympic medalist track runner. He claims he has ran the best race of his life after switching his diet to a vegan one in 1991, at the World Championships. It must be true as he set the world record in that year. He switched to a vegan diet with the help of his doctor and nutritionist. His transition wasn’t easy, but drinking lemon juice and eating lots of lentils helped him out. He certainly hasn’t regretted it.
10. Russell Brand
Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author and activist. He belongs to the crowd that has been influenced by a book or a movie. He gave up processed food and animal products after watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives. He was already a longtime vegetarian then, but he felt the need to give up eggs and dairy as well, to clean up his plate, and make a complete switch to veganism. He even became PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2011.
9. Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morisette is a beautiful and talented singer. Back in 2009 she felt unhealthy and uncomfortable with her weight gain. She knew something had to change and the processed food had to go. After reading Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman, she decided to swap her diet to a healthier, plant-based one. Since her switch to veganism she has been feeling great. She has lost weight and even ran a marathon. Alanis certainly looks radiant.
8. Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi along with her wife, Ellen DeGeneres has been following a vegan diet for a long time. She is an Australian-born actress who became famous in the popular TV show Allie McBeal. She has struggled with an eating disorder, both anorexia and bulimia for a long time. Her weight has gone up and down from overweight to skeletal until she has finally stabilized at a healthy weight. She has recovered from her eating disorder emotionally as well, learned to love and accept herself, and finally made peace with food. She has said that her vegan diet helps her to stay healthy and to live a kind life.
7. Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia was the bread boy of Gilmore Girls, and has not only broke Rory Gilmore’s heart but gained many real time female fans. He is also the star of the hit TV show, Heroes. Ventimiglia has been a vegetarian his entire life, and later became vegan. Though he was raised vegetarian along with his sisters by his vegetarian parents, as a rebellious teen he tried a few bites of meat. He wasn’t convinced and returned to a vegan diet.
6. Brad Pitt
Who doesn’t know Brad Pitt? He has been breaking hearts for decades now. I mean that literally: he has certainly broken the heart of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Now he is married to Angelina Jolie, raising so many children that it is hard to keep track. Angelina apparently is not into the vegan lifestyle and the couple has frequent debates about the eating choices of their children. At least they can afford accommodating different dietary needs within a family.
5. Michael Franti
Michael Franti is a musician, songwriter, and artist behind the band Michael Franti and Spearhead. He is a peacemaker known for his documentary, Time to Go Home. He is also an avid yogi. He has become a vegan for both ethical, environmental and health reasons. Once he has learned about the unethical treatment of animals, its environmental effects, and dangerous health consequences, he switched. First he went vegetarian, but once his son switched to veganism he followed his footsteps. He claims that he doesn’t differentiate between humans and animals.
4. Ellen Degeneres
Ellen DeGeneres may not be your typical beauty, but a witty sense of humor and intelligence are certainly sexy traits. She makes people laugh like few others can. Not to mention, Portia de Rossi is married to her: she must have something. She switched to a vegan diet in 2008 after reading some books on nutrition and animal rights. Just as she is open about being gay, she is also open about being vegan. She blogs and speaks about it proudly.
3. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone became famous playing Cher in the popular 90’s TV show, Clueless. Today she is more known for her vegan advocacy work. Alicia went vegan at age 21. That was over 15 years ago! Yet, she still looks like she is in her 20s. Soon after her switch, she experienced better health, weight loss, better digestion and more energy than ever. She follows the macrobiotic approach to a vegan diet. Alicia is an animal lover, animal rights activist, and the author of The Kind Diet.
2. Ellen Page
Ellen Page became a popular celebrity with her role in Juno, in 2007. If you haven’t seen that movie, you need to put it on your list. It was funny, yet super cute. Ellen is a vocal and avid animal rights activist who switched to veganism because of her love for animals. She claims that she has more energy than ever in her life. Her radiant glow is also undeniable. She was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2014.
1. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is a truly radiant beauty. She is not only a talented actress known from Star Wars, Garden State, Closer and Black Swan, but is also extremely intelligent and a Harvard graduate. She went vegan in 2009 after reading Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer. During her pregnancy in 2011, she reintroduced some eggs and cheese into her diet, but not meat. Since the birth of her child she has been living free from animal foods and animal products. She catered an all-vegan menu at her wedding in 2012.