Whether it’s for ethical, health-related, moral, environmental or simply taste, there are many reasons for someone to choose to become vegan.
According to Vegan Society research conducted in 2018, there are around 600,000 vegans in Great Britain, which is estimated to be up from 150,000 two years prior.
Among those who consume a vegan diet – which prohibits the consumption of animal products such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs – are celebrities including Beyoncé, Jenna Dewan and Miley Cyrus.
Here are the vegan celebrities you need to know:
Cyrus committed to veganism in 2014 and in December 2018, when the singer and her ex husband Liam Hemsworth said ‘I do’ in a small ceremony in Cyrus’ hometown of Nashville, Tennessee it was reported by US Magazine that the vegan couple’s wedding reception featured a vegan selection of foods including vegan truffle mac and cheese, vegan fried chicken, and vegan biscuits with apple butter.
Veganism has been an important cause for the 27-year-old during her career. Over the years, she has collaborated with Converse to produce ethical apparel, attended the 2018 Met Gala with Stella McCartney to promote cruelty-free fashion, gained the support from animal rights organisation PETA (which awarded her the ‘Best Voice 4 Animals award in 2017’ ) and wore a wedding dress by anti-fur activist Vivienne Westwood on her wedding day.
In an interview with Vanity Fair in March 2019, the ‘Mother’s Daughter’ singer said: ‘Choosing to live as a sustainable vegan activist means wearing more vintage (less waste; loving pieces for longer), playing with the newest eco-materials and technology, and making custom vegan pieces with some of my favourite designers.’
In 2013, Grande told her fans on Twitter that she had been eating organically since she was a child and rarely ate meat, but was committing herself to becoming ‘100% vegan’.
PETA thanked the ‘7 Rings’ singer for her decision and she went on to say that her heart felt ‘very happy’ as a result of becoming a vegan.
In an interview with the Mirror a year later, the singer opened up about why she became a vegan.
‘I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding,’ she told the newspaper. ‘But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know — veggies, fruit and salad — then when I get home I’ll have something else.’
Ostensibly a vegan since the age of 10, the Step Up star told Women’s Health magazine last year that she made the decision to switch to a fully vegan lifestyle after watching a documentary on abattoirs and slaughterhouses.
‘It just stuck,’ she told the publication of the images she saw in the programme. ‘I feel good about it morally and physically.’
While she said that her ex-husband Channing Tatum tried to be vegan for six months, he doesn’t like vegetables ‘which makes it tough’.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been linked to the vegan movement for several years, with the singer sharing a video detailing her vegan lifestyle prior to her 2018 Coachella performance.
In July 2019, the mother-of-three posted a clip to her YouTube channel titled ’22 Days Nutrition’ which documented her eating and exercise regime ahead of her ground-breaking performance following the birth of her twins, Rumi and Sir, in June 2017.
According to Beyoncé’s website, the nutrition plan – devise by her personal trainer Marco Borges – is ‘based on the principle of creating healthier habits by moving towards a plant-based lifestyle’.
Borges explained in the video that the singer and her team of dancers went ‘100 per cent plant-based’ ahead of the performance.
Months before, the Lemonade star offered her US-based fans the chance to win free tickets to see her and Jay-Z ‘for life’ if they committed to eating more vegan meals in association with the Greenprint Project.
The former vegetarian told Associated Press in 2018 that she became a vegan after working alongside Woody Harrelson on Solo: A Star Wars Story.
‘I think it’s good to have a vegan in the mix, a vegan in position of power,’ she told the news outlet. ‘I have been vegan since working with Woody.’
Opening up about how long she had been a vegan, she added: ‘The last four months, it’s been four months. It hasn’t done anything to my brain, I’m absolutely fine.’
Having reached 16 Grand Slam finals over the years, you can be sure that the tennis champion cares as much about her diet as she does her serve when it comes to achieving top performances on the tennis court.
The star has been vegan for several years after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, according to Vegan Life magazine, which is an autoimmune disease that causes excessive fatigue.
In an interview with Health magazine in 2017, the star said: ‘Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fuelling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.’
However, two years later the athlete told Insider magazine that she had to introduce some cooked foods into her former raw vegan diet.
‘That way of eating was just hard to maintain for long periods of time,’ Williams told the news outlet. ‘Sometimes you just need something more substantial — some rice, some potatoes — after a workout.’
The Black Swan actress has been a vegan from the age of nine and has gone onto dispel common misconceptions about the lifestyle over the years.
While her husband Benjamin Millepied isn’t a vegan, the star told PopSugar that ‘everyone gets to decide for themselves’ in her household whether they want to eat vegan food or not. Portman explained: ‘I like to hang out with people who eat whatever they want to eat because I think that everyone should make decisions for themselves.’
In 2018, the actress released the film Eating Animals which lifts the lid on the food production and factory-farming industries. Months later, the actress reportedly told 16,000 students at WE Day California: ‘Only after I became active in women’s issues did I realise that my veganism was related to those very issues.
‘Dairy and eggs don’t just come from cows and chickens, they come from female cows and female chickens. We’re exploiting female bodies and abusing the magic of female animals to create eggs and milk.’
In May 2018, the House of Cards actress told Shape magazine that she had been a vegan for five years after reading a book called The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.
‘I found it hard to give up cheese at first because I love it so much,’ she said. ‘But I haven’t missed meat at all.’
Having suffered from a ‘pretty sensitive stomach’ for several years, the actress said that when she cut animal products out of her diet, she ‘felt so much better’.
Like her famous sister, the actress has been a vegan for several years and in 2018 launched a vegan fashion line with her friend Sara Schloat called Hiraeth.
‘I realized there aren’t many [faux leather] options available for someone like me who is interested in design and wants high-quality pieces,’ the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star told Vogue magazine in 2018.
‘In fast fashion, you can find faux leather boots that are really cheap, but while it’s cruelty-free in the animal sense, I didn’t necessarily know where those things were made, or if they were cruel toward humans,’ she explained. ‘I didn’t want to compromise on either thing, and I wanted pieces that were made to last. So it really came out of my own need.’
The Help star has been a vegan since 2007 and regularly uses her platform to speak openly about her lifestyle choice.
In an interview with W Magazine in 2017, the actress said she was initially a pescatarian but decided to become a vegan because she was ‘really low on energy’.
‘I found myself going to veganism because a friend of mine had a two-week vegan food delivery program she wasn’t going to use so I used it, and immediately I just had more energy than I’ve ever had in my life…’ she told the publication. ‘I said okay, “I’m going to just listen to my body now. Being vegan was not anything I ever wanted to be. I just really was listening to what my body was telling me.’
A year later, she told the same publication that she was concerned her veganism would make others annoyed, especially her in-laws.
‘In the beginning, I would say I’m vegan,’ she explained. ‘Which is like the worst thing. I don’t eat 10 meals and I’m vegan. I would say, ‘I’m sorry I can’t eat that,’ and [my mother-in-law] would say, “No problem, we have fish”.’
From ELLE UK