The rich and famous are ALWAYS coming up with new – and sometimes bizarre – ways to better their lifestyles, their looks and even their spirituality (Scientology, anyone?). But we’ve spotted an ethical new trend on the A-list horizon – veganism. A vegan is a strict vegetarian who does not eat or wear any animal products – including milk, honey, leather or wool. We salute the celebs who have overhauled their jet-setting lifestyles to make this most eco-friendly of choices…
Liam Hemsworth was crowned 2015’s sexiest vegan, yes that’s right. The sexiest vegan. He held the prestigious title with Jhene Aiko.
Liam decided to make the switch to veganism in early 2015 after he learned about the mistreatment of animals. “The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do,” he told Men’s Fitness, of eating meat.
His Hunger Games costar Woody Harrelson suggested he try a vegan diet. Within a few months, Hemsworth was sold. “There are no negatives to eating like this,” he told the mag. “I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it.”
Jennifer Lopez has gone vegan – and admits it has given her loads of energy: “Being vegan, it’s basically no dairy, no meat, everything is just plant based and just from the ground…I love that I’m eating more greens. It makes you feel so much better.”
J-Lo said she’d recommend it, but she really misses butter: “Butter is the one thing I miss! Butter makes everything taste better.”
Jessica Simpson became a temporary vegan – cutting out animal products in the two week run-up to her wedding. A source told Us Weekly: “Jessica did a vegan diet for about two weeks…She also got quite a few B12 shots.” The star, who has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers in the past, also embarked on a strict fitness regime before her big day, doing hardcore workouts with her trainer.
Jay-Z & Beyoncé
Joining the long list of celebrity vegans – albeit for a dedicated three-week duration only – is Jay-Z, who announced his plans to go vegan on his Life & Times blog in December 2013. The rapper wrote: “On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! I will post my progress… Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We’ll see…” The rapper also added that his wife Beyoncé will be joining him, too.
Real-life Spider-Man Tobey Maguire seems to have developed a fondness for his fellow earth-dwelling creatures. The star shunned animal produce in favour of a vegan lifestyle in 2009.
Glee star Lea Michele treats her body like a temple, and turned vegan for the health benefits as well as animal rights reasons. “It’s about being good to your body and the planet. I’m a foodie, but I think it’s much more fun to find things on the menu that are good for me,” she said.
Tron actress Olivia Wilde even launched her own website, WildeThings.org , to promote the vegan lifestyle she adheres to.
Actor-turned-rock-star Jared Leto and the rest of his 30 Seconds To Mars bandmates are all strict vegans. “Well, there was a time when we used to sacrifice goats, but then we all became vegans, so we’ve been sacrificing tofu before the shows!” Good to know, Jared…
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