50 Vegan Celebrities Who Are Outspoken about Their Plant-Based Diets
Vegan Celebrities appear to be increasing more than ever before these days. And each celeb’s reason for ditching meat-based foods varies between health, wellness, ethics, or just “my-parents-were-vegetarian-sort-of-thing.”
Here’s a list of celebrities who have absolutely no problem “not eating meat”— and are vocal about it.
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This American musician and animal rights advocate is one of the most prominent vegan celebrities. In 1987, Moby gave up all animal products, deciding that he’d no longer contribute to animal suffering.
2. Joaquin Phoenix
Phoenix has been vegan since he was three after witnessing a “violent and aggressive” fish kill. Joaquin is not just a common face on PETA billboard ads; he’s also a regular feature at animal rights protests.
3. Billie Eilish
Billie was raised a vegetarian before she went vegan and began advocating a plant-based diet. She continues to share information concerning animal agriculture with her social media platforms. Eilish loves animals and wishes everyone else would let animals be.
4. Woody Harrelson
Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson has been outspoken about his veganism for more than 30 years. Not only is Woody passionate about the environment, but many vegan celebs have also credited him for turning them vegan!
5. Evanna Lynch
Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch stopped eating meat since 2014 as an 11-year old and hasn’t stopped advocating veganism ever since. She hosts a vegan podcast and also has a vegan beauty subscription box for cruelty-free beauty fans.
6. Stevie Wonder
He’s a legendary musician who has bagged more than 25 Grammy Awards who went vegan in 2016 for both “environmental and health reasons.” Stevie regularly discusses his cruelty-free lifestyle, including singing a vegan jingle with James Corden in 2017.
7. Lewis Hamilton
The first Formula One driver to reach 100 career wins adopted veganism in 2017 to aid athletic performance and protect the environment. Hamilton also launched a chain of plant-based restaurants, Neat Burger, in London. Lewis Hamilton continues sharing news about his love for his furry friend.
8. Rooney Mara
From being a vegetarian as a nine-year-old, Mara became vegan and quit animal foods in 2011. She co-founded Hiraeth, a vegan clothing line that aims to produce stylish clothes without utilizing animal materials.
9. Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline has been quite vocal about veganism and animal cruelty for several years. She runs a vegan restaurant to serve people healthy plant-based meals in Mumbai.
10. Natalie Portman
Hollywood Actress Natalie Portman has been on a vegetarian diet since she was 9. As she grew older, she developed compassion for animals, quit eating meats, and started animal rights activism.
11. Emily Deschanel
Deschanel is a TV personality who has used her on-air roles to subtly advocate the importance of veganism. When she’s not on the film set, Emily is an ardent animal rights proponent and has received several awards for her advocacy efforts.
12. Ellen Pompeo
Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo, took up a vegan diet for herself and her family after discovering their health benefits. Pompeo has continued to use her platform as a vegan celebrity to advocate environmental and animal rights.
13. Kevin Smith
For Kevin Smith, veganism isn’t about animal rights or being fit. Smith quit animal foods to escape death after surviving a heart attack in 2018. On following his daughter, Harley Quinn’s advice to adopt, Kevin’s health has tremendously improved. His blood pressure lowered, and his weight reduced notably. Now, Kevin Smith runs a vegan podcast, Vegan Abbatoir, with his daughter, where they discuss vegan diets.
14. Jenna Dewan
Jenna hasn’t eaten animal foods since he was ten and has indoctrinated the same lifestyle into her daughter, Everly. She loves spending time with animals while publicly advocating her passion for veganism.
15. Jessica Chastain
Famous Hollywood Actress, Jessica Chastain, has been a vegan since 2007, noticing improvement in her energy levels over a plant-based diet. Since then, Jessica has become an influential vegan celebrity recognized for her efforts in animal activism.
16. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson is a long-time vegan who has been advocating for animal rights since she was a teenager. She continues to use her popularity to educate people on animal rights issues and promote a vegan lifestyle.
17. Cory Booker – U.S. Senator
New Jersey’s first black Senator, Cory Booker, is known for his ethical vegan political views. He has sponsored legislation in the past to prevent animals from different forms of animal slaughter.
18. James Cameron
Renowned director James Cameron and his wife Suzy are veganism advocates who are outspoken about the impacts of meat and dairy on the planet. James has also co-developed vegan “plant meat” factories in New Zealand towards reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
19. Andreas Hanni
Hanni is a former Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman. He has maintained a vegan diet since he was a teenager for ethical reasons.
20. Rain Wilson
Animal-loving actor Rainn Wilson has noticed that he has more energy and has slept better since going vegan. His inspiration to adopt veganism came when he observed some “adorable little pigs” while eating bacon.
21. Virat Kohli
Indian cricket team captain adopted a vegan lifestyle in 2018. He tells people that his food change has transformed not only his health but also his performance on the pitch.
22. Alan Cummings
If you watched X-Men or James Bond movies, you’ve probably seen Alan Cummings. Cummings has led a vegan lifestyle for about 12 years. He regularly joins PETA campaigns in promoting animal rights.
23. Sia Furler
After following a vegetarian diet many years earlier, famous Australian singer, Sia, went fully vegan in 2014. She regularly joins forces with PETA, an animal rights organization, to campaign against animal homelessness.
24. Jahil Okafor
New Orleans Pelican center, Jahil Okafor, became vegan in order to improve his knee inflammation. The basketball player looks forward to promoting a plant-based diet among his teammates.
25. Mayim Bialik
Big Bang Theory actress, Mayin, is a long-standing vegan who has continued to use her celebrity status to advocate for animal rights. She runs a YouTube channel where she uploads videos explaining why she went vegan. Bialik also teaches on her videos channel how to raise healthy and happy vegan kids.
26. Fearne Cotton
Celebrity TV personality, Fearne Cotton, stopped eating meat at age 11 and went vegan after listening to a podcast by Evanne Lynch. Widely read on veganism, Fearne published a vegan cookbook in 2019 containing a range of family-friendly recipes.
27. Colin Kaepernick
Well-known US footballer, Kaepernick, adopted veganism to help him recover from career injuries. Contrary to the opinions of many, he recovered stronger from his injuries a stronger and better person. Colin is very outspoken about his vegan lifestyle.
28. Sadie Sink
Sadie is another celebrity who credited Woody Harrelson for their inspiration to adopt veganism. Although she had lived as a vegetarian, she went vegan after discovering the downsides of egg and dairy production.
29. Leona Lewis
British Singer Leona Lewis was raised in a vegan home and was already a vegetarian at 12. Since going fully vegan in 2012, she has continually taken to social media to raise awareness about animal sanctuaries and welfare.
30. Lucy Watson
Like several other vegan celebrities, Lucy went vegan after watching a vegan-based documentary. The model and actress has released two best-selling vegan cookbooks and co-owns a vegan restaurant in London.
31. Serena Williams
Serena Williams went on a strict diet after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis. By February 2020, Serena launched her vegan leather fashion line with the aim of saving the planet.
32. Jason Mraz
Grammy-nominated singer Jason Mraz took to veganism in 2011 for its numerous health benefits. He lives on an avocado farm and tells people veganism has significantly improved his health.
33. Tobey Maguire
Spiderman star Tobey Maguire has been a vegetarian since 1992 while he was a kid. And since he took to veganism in 2009, he has continued to inspire others, including actress Natalie Portman, to adopt his plant-based lifestyle.
34. Kangana Ranaut
Renowned Bollywood actress turned vegan in 2013 after discovering dairy products would give her acidity. And since then, Ranaut has been very vocal about her views on veganism and cow slaughter.
35. Tabitha Brown
This vegan influencer and chef adopted a plant-based diet a few years ago for health reasons. She’s well-known today for her viral Tik Tok videos, where she shares some of her favorite vegan recipes.
36. Maggie Q
Actress Maggie Q transited to veganism about 23 years ago while residing in Hong Kong. Maggie continues to use her popularity in supporting animal rights, especially against animal possessions.
37. Taraji P. Henson
The “Empire” alum took up a vegan lifestyle in response to her doctor’s advice in Georgia. Henson is also an ardent animal right, joining PETA in some of their animal rights protection campaigns.
38. Venus Williams
Tennis star Venus Williams went plant-based after she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. Since then, she’s been vocal about her passion for veganism and, in December 2020, launched a vegan protein brand from her personal eating regimen.
If you’re well into rap music, you’d most likely have come across Grey’s voice. The talented rapper, well-known for his “Vegan Thanksgiving” rap, took after his partner, Nikki Ford, who persuaded him to go vegan.
40. Alicia Silverstone
“Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone went vegan in 1998, questioning her decision to continue eating animals while she loved her dog. Today, she’s a passionate animal activist and also raising her son on the same diet.
Songwriter Morrisey has been a vegetarian since he was 11, before going fully vegan in the early 2010s. Morrisey prefers a diet of “bread, potatoes, pasta, and nuts…” and is also a vocal animal rights advocate.
42. Jade Novah
R&B singer Jade Novah is passionate about animal rights protection. She speaks out for animals and credits veganism with helping her remain in good health.
43. Cynthia Erivo
Nigerian-British actress, Cynthia Erivo, is well known for her roles in The Outsider and Harriet movies. But she’s also a recognized pet activist with an award from PETA for her work.
44. Kimberly Elsie
Actress Kimberley Elsie is an enthusiastic vegan who’s not shy about her lifestyle. She runs a blog about vegan recipes, health and beauty tips.
45. Manka Sanjay Gandhi
Maneka Gandhi is a member of the Lok Sabha, India’s lower parliament. The wife of late Sanjay Gandhi, Manneka is an outspoken activist on environmental protection, veganism, and animal rights.
46. Ava DuVernay
One of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities in 2018, Ava, was the creative mind behind some popular movies, Selma and A Wrinkle with Tume. To Ava, veganism isn’t just about animals but a social justice issue for all blacks.
47. Erykah Badu
Singer Erykah Badu is a long-time vegan who advocates for healthy living in the black community. To her, a vegan diet helps her to remain centered.
48. Kat Graham
“Vampire Diaries” star Kat Graham has joined forces with PETA towards promoting veganism on different occasions. When she’s not campaigning against animal cruelty, she’s helping African schools and advocating for human rights.
49. Persia White
Persia was the co-producer of Earthlings, a striking documentary that influenced countless viewers into adopting a vegan diet. She’s an active member of several animal rights groups and has received recognition for her efforts.
50. Tulsi Gabbard
In 2013, Tulsi Gabbard, a US representative from Hawaii, became the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of the US Congress. One of the most influential vegan celebrities, Tulsi Gabbard, continues to maintain a vegan approach in her diet.
So, here you have it! Vegan celebrities who are absolutely unashamed of their healthy plant-based diets, and encourage others to join them. Obviously, the trend of increasing vegan celebs isn’t limited to one class of famous personalities. Everyone there is persuaded to quit eating animals: athletes and actresses; singers and politicians–towards saving themselves, animals and the planet.