Last week we spoke about the rise in vegan and plant based athletes. This week, we are taking a look at vegan celebrities and how they use their fame and celebrity status in motivational ways.
The thing about celebrities is it’s that they are listened to. They inspire people of all ages to achieve dreams and many people look up to them as role models.
There have been a number of celebrities in the news recently talking about the vegan movement in a positive way and whether you like them or not, there is no denying that these celebrities promoting the cause and use their fame as a platform to boost the movement, can only assist the rise of veganism.
It would be a little rude not to mention, in an article about vegan celebrities, the Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. Pamela has tirelessly promoted veganism and animal rights through animal charities such as PETA. Her activism with PETA has spanned over 20 years and during this time she has taken part in a number of campaigns encouraging her audiences to give up meat and dairy, boycott sea world, use cruelty free make up, ditch fur and highlighted the issues with animal agriculture resulting in water wastage. She is a true advocate of the cause and has even encouraged other celebrities to give up their cruel fashion items. For example, when she sent Kim Kardashian a fake fur coat, in a bid to encourage her to end her fur habit.
American Pie star Mena Suvari has recently started a campaign with animal rights charity PETA urging her audience to ditch the down, stating that “Cruelty to animals gets me down”. Suvari has been vegan for over a year now and has made her opinions clear on how she feels about animal cruelty on a number of occasions.
Next up is model and actor Ruby Rose, who after following a plant based diet for a while, recently ditched all animal products and committed to a fully vegan way of living. She makes her voice heard when it comes to matters regarding animal welfare and the environment and was very recently seen via Instagram to be hosting a plant based barbeque with friends from the cast and production team of film Pitch Perfect 3. She also added that she was “Turning the world vegan, one vegan burger at a time”.
Back in October 2017, the actor and model Natalie Portman made an inspiring speech at the annual Environmental Media Awards benefit. During her speech, she spoke about her love of animals and encouraged her audience to watch her new film ‘Eating Animals’. This week we saw news about this film, that is due to be screened in select cinemas this summer. Portman narrated and co-produced the film about vegetarian and industrial agriculture alongside director Christopher Dillon Quinn, which will hopefully encourage people to take a more compassionate approach towards the food they eat and help eliminate factory farming.
The last celebrity on our list is the Clueless star Alicia Silverstone. She has advocated the vegan lifestyle for a number of years now, campaigning for PETA as well as writing a book in 2011 called ‘The Kind Diet’. She adopted a vegan diet for the animals and encourages others to do the same to ensure a safe future for our planet stating in an interview with Media Planet that “Animal agriculture is responsible for more than half of greenhouse gas emissions and is the leading cause of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution. If we love our little ones, we must care for the home they inhabit by showing respect, love and compassion for all that’s in it — every resource, every creature.” Well said Alicia.