It’s World Vegan Day today, so in honour of this and to hopefully inspire you we’ve rounded up a list of celebrities who embrace a vegan lifestyle.
Celebrated on the first of November every year, World Vegan Day hopes to share the benefits of the plant-based lifestyle, and to commemorate the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.
One thing most vegans can agree upon is that both their health and the planet's health has improved since making the switch.
Will these celebrities inspire you to go Vegan or at least try to cut down on the animal products you eat?
- Jared Leto
- Ellie Goulding
- Woody Harrelson
- Jennifer Lopez
- Alicia Silverstone
- Brad Pitt
- Natalie Portman
- Mike Tyson
- Jessica Chastain
- Tobey Maguire
- Lea Michele
- Olivia Wilde
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Casey Affleck
- Petra Nemcova
- Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
- Anne Hathaway
- Russell Brand
- Michelle Pfeiffer
- Carrie Underwood
- Jenna Dewan-Tatum
- Pamela Anderson
Beyonce announced her vegan diet when she was on Good Morning America. Speaking about her eating habits she revealed she always had problems with diets and finding the right one for her has been difficult. To keep up her vegan lifestyle and encourage others to do the same, she launched a vegan meal delivery service.
Jared Leto was crown the sexiest vegan by PETA in 2014, and it's surprising it took him so long to be awarded it considering he's been a vegan for more than 20 years.
He credits the lifestyle to good health and the fact he looks much younger than his 43 years.
Ellie was a long-time vegetarian before making the shift away from animal-based products. Ellie told Us Weekly she credits the diet for helping her feeling leaner and stronger.
Woodly Harrelson turned vegan when he was just 24 and took the advice of a stranger on the bus. He isn’t just a vegan, but also environmentally conscious too. He resides on a working organic farm in Maui with his family, refuses to talk on a mobile phone because of electromagnetic waves, and prefers to drive energy efficient cars, according to an article from Esquire.
Jennifer Lopez is now a full fledged vegan, and says this way of eating has given her loads of energy. But there is one thing she is missing, butter. She says it makes everything taste better.
Alicia is one of the most well-known and outspoken vegans in Hollywood. Her blog, The Kind Life, illustrates the benefits of going vegan while also providing some solid recipes to test out. A long-time animal rights activist, Alicia also says that becoming vegan can do wonders for your health.
Brad Pitt has been a long-time vegan and hates the fact that wife Angelina Jolie and their children eat animal products.
Natalie Portman was a vegetarian for most of her life, and made the switch to veganism in 2009. She read Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals and was converted.
The actress went back to her vegetarian lifestyle when she was pregnant as she had strong cravings for cheese and eggs, but went back vegan when the baby was born.
She even had a full vegan menu at her wedding in 2012.
The pop star lives a strict vegan lifestyle, and has done since the 90s. Even as a child he couldn't stomach eating red meat.
Mike Tyson credits his vegan lifestyle to helping him lose 100 pounds. The former boxing champion became vegan in 2010 and he saw it as a way of giving his body another chance to live a healthy life.
He says that since being vegan not only has he lost weight, but his high blood pressure and arthritis have diminished too.
Jessica Chastain was a vegetarian for 15 years before she became a vegan in 2007.
She says that her vegan lifestyle keeps her lean and healthy.
She's always prepared with her meals too, carrying food with her for when she's on-the-go.
Tobey Maguire became a vegan in 2009 and hasn't looked back since.
Lea Michele has been a vegan for years now, and she's even been honoured by PETA for her charity work with animals. She says she wants to be good to the planet and her body and she finds joy in looking for things on the menu that are doing good.
Olivia Wilde launched her own website, WildeThings.org, to promote the vegan lifestyle she adheres to.
This award-winning actor has likely had the longest bout at veganism of any celebrity.
He was just three when he became vegan, and he still remembers that day. He said him and his family were out fishing, and seeing the fish living to going through such a violent death encouraged him to avoid animal products.
Good Will Hunting star Casey Affleck – who is married to fellow celeb vegan, Joaquin Phoenix’s sister, Summer – is a keen animal rights campaigner and a vegan. His support stems from a childhood pet. A rescue dog who was skittish because of how he was treated by his former family.
It was the increasingly deceasing number of fish that caused model Petra Nemcova to become a vegan in 2007.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen Degeneres went vegan after reading a number of books about animal rights.
She says that she was awoken to the reality and she couldn't ignore what was happening any longer.
Degeneres' wife, Portia de Rossi lives the same lifestyle, and when they married in 2008 they had a fully vegan menu.
Anne Hathaway is another celeb that follows a vegan lifestyle, and even channelled the lifestyle into her The White Witch character in Alice in Wonderland.
Russell Brand switched to a vegan lifestyle after being a vegetarian for a long time, it was the documentary Forks Over Knives that made him switch.
Michelle Pfieffer only became a vegan in her fifties, but it was her desire to lead a healthy and long life to make the switch.
Carrie chose to become a vegan after 10 years of living as a vegetarian. She made the switch when she learnt she was lactose intolerant.
Like Portman, she took a break from the lifestyle when she was pregnant, but then resumed it after the birth.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is a strong advocate of the vegan lifestyle, ensuring she not only eats foods free from any animal products, but choosing vegan cosmetics and fashion too.
Pamela Anderson has been a vegan for the majority of her life, she has her own cooking website, and she's a big animal rights activist too. She often writes public letters to celebrities urging them to not wear fur.