There are plenty of factors involved in having a perfect body, but diet is definitely high up on the list. That may not be the reason these stars went vegetarian, but it certainly hasn’t hurt. Health consciousness and clean living has always been important to Hollywood’s sexiest stars, and for many, that has included adapting some form of a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.
Just as there’s more than one way to make your body look good, there’s more than one reason to stop eating meat, and these celebs have various reasons like anyone else. Some feel eating meat is morally wrong, while others see inherent problems with the meat industry and the general culture surrounding it. A few genuinely only went vegetarian for the health reasons, while others still have kept their reasons personal. Regardless of why, these celebs primarily eat plants, and they look great doing it.
20. Natalie Portman – Easy Being Vegan In France
Natalie Portman has famously been a vegetarian most of her life, and has gone completely vegan on more than one occasion. She credits her healthy lifestyle with helping maintain her beautiful skin, noting dairy products are most likely to make her break out. Since recently moving her family to France, Portman notes it’s become easier to live the vegan lifestyle in Europe than it is in America, with far less fatty food options constantly thrown into the public’s face.
19. Olivia Wilde – PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian In 2010
Olivia Wilde has been a vegetarian since she was 12, but has had trouble maintaining a complete vegan lifestyle. She accurately notes that true veganism is neither easy nor always accessible, and regressed to simply being a vegetarian during her 2012 pregnancy. She was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2010, and noted that as a way of life “[veganism] makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better,” implying she probably returned to the lifestyle after giving birth.
18. Carrie Underwood – The “Practical Vegan”
Some people who grow up on a farm could never imagine being a vegetarian, as it goes against their entire way of life. Others, like country superstar Carrie Underwood, became a vegetarian after witnessing what farm animals go through. She started as a vegetarian after watching her parents castrate cows, but later became a vegan due to developing a lactose intolerance. Underwood only describes herself as a “practical vegan,” noting at many high end restaurants there are no vegan options, and she has to settle for food with “a sprinkle of cheese on top.”
17. Leona Lewis – Supports Animal Sanctuary
Many vegetarians on this list love animals, and it obviously played a role in their lifestyle choice. Leona Lewis takes it to another level, supporting the Hopefield sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom. The Hopefield Sanctuary is home to over 200 rescued animals, supporting them as they hope to find a loving home. Lewis herself is the owner of several pets, includings dogs, a horse and a rabbit. Though clearly a lover of animals, Lewis acknowledges the health benefits of vegetarianism help her life as well.
16. Kellie Pickler – Thank You PETA
Eating meat seems to go along with the country music stereotype, as singer Kellie Pickler will tell you. However, after becoming friends with fellow country superstar Carrie Underwood, Pickler gradually moved towards the vegetarian lifestyle as well. Although it was her friendship with Underwood that gave her the strength to continue with her choice, she claims it was actually a PETA ad featuring Pamela Anderson that spawned the decision. Either way it was a case of beautiful people working together in the name of vegetarianism.
15. Brad Pitt – Vegan Most Of His Life
Directly in the middle of the debate as to whether or not vegetarianism leads to a healthy body stand Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie. Pitt has been a vegan the vast majority of his life, while Jolie and their children all eat meat, much to Brad’s chagrin. To Jolie’s credit she claims to have attempted the lifestyle, but without the proper research, the switch to vegetarian caused various health problems due to a lack of nutrients in her diet. Many first time vegetarians suffer this problem, but with Brad Pitt on the other side of the dinner table making the example, most women probably have a difficult time finding out what was so tough about it.
14. Maggie Q – PETA Asia-Pacific’s Person Of The Year
Maggie Q is an actress and model, and though it’s unknown exactly when she decided to become a vegetarian, she has since called it amongst the best and most rewarding decisions of her life. In her own words, “I feel better, I have more energy on and off the set, and the satisfaction of knowing that I’m doing something to help stop animal suffering.” The attitude towards animal rights lead her to being named PETA Asia-Pacific’s Person of the Year in 2008.
13. Ariana Grande – Champion Of Animal Rights
Some celebs on this list have been vegetarians most of their lives, but Ariana Grande announced her choice to make the switch away from meat to thousands of fans on Twitter. Despite the dramatic announcement, she had already been championing animal rights for some time, stating she didn’t feel humans should drink cow milk, and campaigning with other celebrities against SeaWorld after the popularity of Blackfish. Clearly her commitment to animal rights was no joke, and she appears to have stood by the tweet ever since.
12. Kesha – Donated 1,000 Pounds Of Food To Animal Shelters
Though the “Tik Tok” singer wakes up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy ready to brush her teeth with whiskey, at no point does she plan to chase that whiskey with anything that once had eyes. Not only does Kesha maintain a vegetarian diet, she also donated 1,000 pounds of food to shelter animals in 2010. She staunchly opposes animal testing and claims her family has rescued dogs from around the world as long as she’s been alive.
11. Alicia Silverstone – Inspired By Documentary And Acne
Although extremely popular surrounding the release of Clueless, Alicia Silverstone was dealing with asthma, insomnia and acne for several years before deciding to switch to a vegan lifestyle. Her decision was in part sparked by a documentary on slaughtered animals, along with her own relationship with her dog. Although she claims to adhere strictly to the vegan diet, she admits to occasionally eating cheese after a few glasses of wine. We’ve all been there.
10. Alyssa Milano
Many of the celebrities on this list love animals and love looking good; two things that lead to a vegetarian lifestyle. Alyssa Milano chose to stop eating meat for far more unsettling, but completely understandable reasons. In New York shortly after 9/11, a friend of Milano claimed the smell of burnt flesh reminded him of a barbeque, and she never touched meat of any kind again. Despite how her dietary habits began, Milano has embraced the vegetarian lifestyle, and credits it with helping her lose weight after giving birth to her son.
9. Christie Brinkley – Credits Success To Vegan Lifestyle
Christie Brinkley has maintained a downright picturesque appearance as one of the top supermodels in the United States for nearly four decades. That kind of longevity is rare, especially with the image conscious industry of supermodels, and she credits her success to her long-held vegan lifestyle. As with many vegans on the road, Brinkley claims she found it hard to resist fish for many years, but has since resisted due to various eco-disasters, and ensures no animal testing is done on any of her skincare products.
8. Kristen Bell – Still Misses Cheese
Kristen Bell has been a vegan for years now, and even grows her own garden in her backyard to ensure she’ll never run out of fresh veggies to eat. Bell has always concerned herself with green issues, focusing on clean water and the Charity Water organization, and her vegetarian is certainly a part of her green living. As with many vegetarians, Bell claimed the only food she missed after switching to vegan has been cheese, but she quickly got over it.
7. Emily Deschanel – Environmentally Conscious
The Bones star is the only vegetarian in her family, and claims the rest, including her famous sister Zooey, often made fun of her for her choice. It hasn’t stopped her, though, as she’s been a vegetarian for over twenty years without ever looking back. Deschanel considers herself extremely environmentally conscious, and says she doesn’t understand how people can consider themselves an environmentalist while still eating meat. Deschanel also suffers from a soy intolerance, making her decision far tougher than many others on the list.
6. Christina Applegate – Vegetarianism Easy On Family Life
Some celebrities become vegetarians in order to maintain their figures, or help them build their bodies back to beauty after a pregnancy, but Christina Applegate insists that wasn’t the case behind her vegetarianism. In fact, after her daughter was born, Applegate claimed being a vegetarian already made it very easy for her to adapt to family life. She claimed she had been meat-free for the majority of her life, and that simple decision has made it a cakewalk when preparing healthy meals for the entire family.
5. Pamela Anderson – PETA’s Greatest Supporter
Pamela Anderson has been a vegetarian the majority of her life, and has since become perhaps the highest profile celebrity supporter of PETA. She has collaborated with the animal rights organization on a variety of ad campaigns, famously being a part of the “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign. Anderson has also long been outspoken on animal rights in general, vehemently opposing any form of animal testing or experimentation.
4. Miley Cyrus – PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian In 2015
Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus claimed to become vegan due to a highly intelligent pet fish. She also claims she was high at the time, so sure. Despite the silly logic behind her decision, Cyrus was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian of the Year in 2015. She released her latest album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, the same year, proving she not only has stopped eating animals, but she has started to sing with them.
3. Jessica Chastain – Credits Veganism For Rockin Body
Despite the fact her big break came in The Help where her character is seen eating chicken, Jessica Chastain claims to have been a vegetarian for several decades, eating a tofu substitute on camera. In fact, by the time the film was made, Chastain had transitioned from a vegetarian to a full-on vegan, making the switch approximately five years before shooting starting. Chastain credits her vegan diet with allowing her to keep in shape despite her now active and successful career.
2. Ellen Page – Questions Factory Farming
Ellen Page was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2014, due in part to several explosive tweets on the subject of factory farming. In one tweet, Page questioned why vegetarians continue to be mocked, while the dangerous and questionable practices involved within factory farming are widespread and well known, and PETA clearly agreed that was a good question. She is also an avid animal lover, taking to twitter to speak with fans about their pet dogs.
1. Prince – Leads A Strict Vegan Lifestyle
Prince was named the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA in 2006, but His Royal Badness has been a strict vegan almost his entire life. The rock legend included his feelings on eating meat and animal rights in the liner notes to his album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, quoting Gandhi and saying, “the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.” The healthy lifestyle no doubt has aided Prince in maintain his youthful looks his entire career, and may have even helped his basketball game.