People go vegan for a whole bunch of reasons. Whether it’s just an opportunity to get healthy, animal rights activism, environmental reasons, or whatever else — there are a lot of pretty cool reasons to go vegan. Celebrities are always trying crazy diets and workout plans, but veganism is one that’s a lot more sustainable and better for your health than risky diets like juice cleanses.
So, if you’ve ever wondered which of your fave celebs live the plant-based life and their reasons for why, we’ve found 16 super-famous celebs who swear by veganism.
1. Miley Cyrus
For the past few years, Miley Cyrus has been one of the most vocally-vegan celebrities out there. She’s super passionate about animal rights, as you can probably tell by the tons of pets she has and her work with PETA to promote a vegan lifestyle. She’s constantly flooding her Instagram and Twitter with pro-vegan, anti-hunting, and anti-animal cruelty posts and memes. Heartwarmingly enough, the death of Miley’s beloved dog, Floyd, is what inspired her to go vegan for more political reasons.
2. Ellen Page
Ellen Page is another proud vegan! As far as vegan celebrities go, Ellen’s been pretty political and outspoken when discussing why she decided to take the plunge. According to Ellen’s Twitter, she stated: “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” Ellen’s all about eating plant-based food, instead of supporting factory farms and exploiting nature. Vegans everywhere are totally on board with Ellen’s point of view.
3. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone is one of the most well-known vegan celebrities in the game. She’s been an outspoken vegan activist for years, and even wrote a book about it called The Kind Diet. After writing her cookbook, being a mom is another source of vegan inspiration for Alicia. She feeds her son, Bear Blu, an exclusively vegan diet. While restricting a children’s diet so intensely is a somewhat controversial move, Alicia swears that her son loves the food she cooks and is a super healthy kid!
4. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has been meat-free for years, but not super strictly until 2014. It was then that Ariana took to Twitter to announce that she was going full-on vegan. Her reasoning is pretty funny, too. In an interview with Mirror, she explained: “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. 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.” That makes enough sense!
5. Liam Hemsworth
Most likely inspired by Miley, Liam Hemsworth too, decided to go vegan. Since 2015, Liam has been another one in Hollywood speaking out about the cause. He originally ate a diet high in red meat content, but after realizing how bad it was making him feel, he decided to make the switch. In an interview with Men’s Fitness, he explained why he made this decision. “My own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.”
Sia is not one to be super public about her personal life, or anything at all, but while she hasn’t been like most vegan celebrities in being super vocal about her lifestyle, it has been confirmed that she does, in fact, live the plant-based life. In 2014, she confirmed the news on Twitter. A friend and vegan restaurant owner tweeted at her, saying she should come visit. She responded saying “I will! I’m fully vegan now!” Since then, she’s shared a few articles and resources about how to stay vegan once making the big decision.
7. Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara has been questioned time and time again about how she maintains her healthy lifestyle. When interviewers imply that she isn’t eating enough, she stresses that her vegan lifestyle is what has kept her health in check! In an interview with The New York Post, she stated:”Of course I eat, I eat a lot. I love to eat. But I’m a vegan. I eat all the time.” She’s also mostly gluten-free since many members of her family have celiac disease.
8. Kate Mara
When it comes to veganism, it looks like it runs in the Rooney family. Kate Mara, like her sister, is also a proud vegan! Initially, her reasoning for going vegan was totally health-based. She’s talked a lot about how meat can cause heart disease and other serious health factors that Kate decided to avoid by cutting animal byproducts out of her diet. Her passion for veganism is even stronger now, and in an interview with PETA she stated, “I recognize that a large majority of meat and dairy consumers are unaware of the horrific process these animals endure in order for them to eat these products.”
9. Al Gore
It makes a whole lot of sense that Al Gore is next on our list of vegan celebrities. After creating An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore has been a huge advocate of environmental sustainability and doing what’s best for the Earth. That’s why his veganism is mostly driven by sustainable living and trying not to support factory farms, which are a huge harm to the planet. He’s been vegan since 2013, and stated in an interview with ABC, “It’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis — not only because of the CO2 involved but also because of the water consumed in the process.” The more you know!
While she isn’t as strict as many other vegan celebrities, Beyoncé almost always abides by a plant-based diet. Bey’s decision is mostly for health reasons and helps her stay in shape while she’s on the road and working constantly. When she’s getting ready for big events, such as Coachella, she and hubby Jay-Z pick up their vegan diet to help give them an extra boost in health. According to Beyoncé’s trainer, Marco Borges, the two love they way they feel while living vegan.
11. Emily Deschanel
Although her sister, Zooey Deschanel wasn’t able to stick with the meat and dairy-free life, Emily Deschanel is a pretty diehard vegan. The Bones star has been a vegan for over ten years, and even raises her young sons to uphold a vegan diet. In an interview with PETA, she talked about how she decided to be vegetarian in high school but made the switch to full-on vegan later on, as is pretty common. Plus, she has a soy allergy, so she gets super creative when working in the kitchen.
12. Brad Pitt
Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt is a vegan for a whole slew of reasons. He originally went vegan because he’s a die-hard animal rights activist, but has become even more knowledgeable about the benefits of veganism over the years. Particularly, he points out the fact that factories with lots of cows produce lots of methane that can damage the environment. In fact, he’s so passionate about veganism that it was a point of debate during his marriage to Angelina Jolie since she was a meat-eater!
13. Jared Leto
When he’s not acting or singing in 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto is busy promoting his vegan lifestyle. He’s been vegetarian for about 20 years, with on and off veganism in-between. Now, he’s almost completely vegan, with occasional cheating here and there. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he stated that the main reason he did it was to maintain his energy, stay in shape, and protect his overall health. He credits his plant-based diet and lots of sleep for maintaining his youthful appearance well into his forties.
14. Lea Michele
Lea Michele isn’t necessarily one of the most strict vegan celebrities of all time. In fact, she allows a few indulgences from time to time. However, Lea remains adamant about keeping her house entirely vegan, just to avoid temptations. But, she tries to stay vegetarian when going out to eat. When it comes to celebrations and hanging out with friends, she doesn’t shy away from enjoying some pizza or candy as long as it’s in moderation.
15. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde has always been a champion of veganism. Her path with the lifestyle hasn’t always been super easy, and she had to give up her vegan diet during her pregnancy. But, since then, she has tried to maintain a life free of animal byproducts for ethical and health reasons. As she said, it’s “not always easy and accessible, but it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better.” In fact, she’s been vegetarian since she was twelve.
16. Jennifer Lopez
If you’ve ever wondered how Jennifer Lopez manages to never look a day over 25, she credits her youthful glow to veganism. After trying a few diets to try and lead a healthier lifestyle, J-Lo decided to do a 22-day vegan cleanse. She felt great, and decided to keep the diet going! According to Jen in an interview with Shape, she said she “didn’t know how good you can feel when you put healthy stuff in your body.” On top of daily exercise, J-Lo says she’s never felt better.