Celebrities are just like us—not all of them are comfortable with committing to a major lifestyle change overnight. Some celebs need to take baby steps, and many are taking those steps in the direction of the vegan lifestyle. We want to celebrate these wins and encourage the vegan-curious, star-studded elite to wade even further into the vegan deep end. Just like us plebeians, entertainers are drawn to veganism for different reasons—health, animal welfare, the environment, and social justice seem to be the most popular motivations. From Cardi B to Leonardo DiCaprio, here are nine celebrities who are moving away from meat and mainstreaming veganism.
1 Cardi B
Underneath her cool-girl look, Cardi B is struggling with some gut issues. The star tweeted to her 20 million followers last month, asking for help on how to go vegan. Subsequent tweets explained that probiotics aren’t working and she thinks going vegan might help her tummy, but she’s reluctant to give up meat. Drew Barrymore came to the rescue and suggested that Cardi give Quorn a try. We believe in you, Cardi!
2 Olivia Newton-John
For this beloved Aussie actress and singer, going plant-based was serious. John has beat breast cancer twice, and most recently, she fully committed to a vegan diet to ensure the ugly disease does not return. In the months since cutting out all animal products, John has been a bit more lenient, but her vegan daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, keeps her on track a majority of the time.
3 Leonardo DiCaprio
Not to push too hard, but Leo, it’s about time to take the floaties off and jump into veganism. The heartthrob and philanthropist has invested in a number of plant-based businesses and led countless conservation and sustainability efforts to save our planet from destruction. He’s 90-percent there. We appreciate the work you do, but please Leo, let’s make 2022 the year of vegan.
4 Drew Barrymore
Although this bubbly actress, talk show host, and mother of two identifies as a flexitarian, Barrymore became the CMO (Chief Mom Officer) of Quorn this past September. She’s dabbled in vegetarianism and often bats for the vegan team as a matter of health. The star told EatingWell that plant-based meals keep her energy up and her weight down. In addition to Quorn, she’s a big fan of the Sakara meal plan.
5 Chris Hemsworth
This action star’s brother, Liam Hemsworth, gets more attention for his four-year flirtation with the vegan diet, but Chris has dabbled quite a bit. The Avengers star recruited Simon Hill, a fellow Australian and a plant-based nutritionist, to help him establish eating habits to further improve this camera-ready physique. Hemsworth went vegan while filming Avengers: Endgame and was pleasantly surprised to discover that he could indeed maintain his muscle mass without reverting to his favorite food: steak. Here’s hoping he books another role and reverts back to his vegan days on set.
6 Kim Kardashian
Say what you will about Kim Kardashian, but the one thing you can’t refute is that this woman knows a hot trend when she sees one. The vegan lifestyle is popular enough to promote yet niche enough to still seem cool. The reality star and social media influencer has consistently alluded to her plant-based transition since 2019 and even convinced a few family members to give it a try. Whether it’s truly for health reasons or merely for “the ‘gram,” we’re in full support of Kardashian’s plant-based promotions.
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7 Serena Williams
This tennis legend has reached celebrity status in her own right. Of course, the 2021 King Richard film starring Will Smith didn’t hurt to skyrocket the Williams’ sisters popularity even further. While her sister, Venus, is practically a raw vegan due to a constant battle with an autoimmune disease, Serena goes vegan in waves. She first tried on the plant-based diet as a gesture of solidarity with her sister. She then used it as a training technique to remain in peak shape during tennis season. Venus has called Serena a “chegan,” explaining that both of them “cheat” and eat a bit of chicken or fish from time to time.
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8 Katy Perry
In January 2021, the bubbly entertainer tweeted that she was 95-percent ready to be 100-percent vegan. We’ve scrolled through her social media feeds and have yet to see an update as to whether she closed that five-percent gap, but we’re in full support of every plant-based meal she eats during this transition period. The star seems to be vegan for the animals, as she stated her dog, Nugget, will be going vegan with her.
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9 Zac Efron
Those born in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s know him as the High School Musical teen heartthrob, but more recently, Efron has tried his hand at more conscious forms of entertainment. He hosted a Netflix series, Down to Earth, on sustainable living back in 2020 and has been quoted in several interviews explaining his reliance on the vegan diet for physique purposes—particularly during filming. The actor hasn’t offered enough evidence for us to declare him fully vegan, but given the way his health and performance has improved, he might be sticking to this way of eating for good!
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