By Diane Small
For all of us here at Eluxe, we honestly think having a great body and handsome face just isn’t enough to make a man sexy. And we’re sure you’d agree–there are lots of other characteristics that add to a man’s charm (and no, we are NOT referring to the size of his bank account!) Intelligence, wit, ambition, conviction, talent, and compassion are all qualities that we think are even hotter than dazzling eyes and good hair–and these men have them all.
There are a surprising number of hot, famous vegan men these days it seems, so narrowing it down to 15 was a bit tough. But after some debate and a few disagreements, we’ve come up with these: our 16 Sexiest Vegan Men, in no particular order (to save even more debating!).
Oh, and Anthony…if you’re reading this, and are single and free, erm…you can get in touch with me by leaving a comment after this article. A girl’s gotta dream, right?
1. Brad Pitt
If you’re wondering what causes the biggest fights in the Brangelina household, apparently it could well be the subject of meat. This longtime vegan and animal rights activist gets annoyed when he sees his wife eating meat, and has tried (and failed) to get their kids to go vegan too. He’s not only concerned about their health, but also the damage caused by methane gases from cattle, which he fears will contribute to destroying the future of the planet and make his kid’s lives all the harder when they grow up. Go on, Angelina–do the right thing and give up the meat! Brad will love you (more) for it!
Ben’s little brother isn’t just a bit more handsome (if you ask us), he’s also a bit more compassionate. He’s been a vegan for years, but his love for animals runs deep: he believes so deeply that ‘meat is murder’ he did a public service announcement (PSA) for PETA that exposed the beef and pork industry’s abuse of animals.
In the PSA, Casey bluntly states why he went vegan: “When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.’” Neither does he pussyfoot around what goes on in factory farms and slaughterhouses: “Chickens, cows, and pigs in factory farms spend their whole lives in filthy, cramped conditions, only to die a prolonged and painful death.”
For those reasons, and because he thinks meat is ‘poison that contributes to heart disease and cancer”, Casey strongly urges his fans to avoid meat too.
3. Thom Yorke
*Sigh* My favourite on the list! Not only is the singer for the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers super talented (he writes most of the songs, acts and now models for Marc Jacobs), but he’s been a vegetarian since the eighties. An enthusiastic animal lover and all-round compassionate guy (he’s really into supporting Native American rights), Kiedis became a full-on vegan after his son was born seven years ago. In fact, he raised his son to be a vegan too, passing on important values about caring for animals. Apparently, Anthony isn’t great in the kitchen and has his own personal vegan chef. I’m an excellent vegan cook. Just saying.
Image: Rolling Stone
It’s hard to find a celeb as passionately vegan as Joaquin. After he saw how fish suffered when his parents took his siblings on a fishing trip, the traumatised little Joaquin vowed to never eat animals again–and encouraged his whole family to become vegans too (in fact, his sister Summer is married to our first vegan dude on the list, Casey Affleck). His concern for animal welfare and rights led him to narrate Earthlings, one of the most hardcore documentaries on animal exploitation I’ve ever seen.
7. Jared Leto
Look at this face. Perfect skin, clear blue eyes, thick, lovely dark hair. It’s hard to believe Leto is actually over 45 years old! Yes, really!! But then when you think about it, veganism does delay the ageing process. The actor always eats vegan, even when he needs to get all muscly for a role, and he’s firm about how there’s really nothing a vegan diet can’t do to make you healthier, fitter, and as photos of him clearly prove, younger looking, too.
8. Ian Mackaye (Fugazi)
Ian Mackaye started a movement back in the day called Straight Edge: don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t f*ck around. It was a subculture that was the exact opposite of Sex Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, but ironically perhaps, Mackaye rocks out more than most guys–he used to front the punk band Minor Threat, and is the leader of Fugazi, too. And he’s still going strong in his mid 50s. Yep, again, that’s right–despite the lack of hair, he seriously looks way younger, right? Well, that’s thanks to a vegan diet, which he’s followed for over 30 years.
It may come as no surprise to learn the yoga loving, compassion preaching, cat keeping actor/comedian is a vegan. After all, if you watch is Trews on YouTube (which he’s just stopped filming, apparently), you’ll learn that Brand is really into peace, love and veganism. The only inconsistency is his marriage to Katy Perry, but let’s not go there…
10. Alec Baldwin
Baldwin may be a bit pugnacious with the press, but he’s a big softie when it comes to animal rights–he’s been an activist and a strong supporter of PETA for years. In addition to nixing meat for decades, our favourite ‘dad crush’ has narrated PETA’s video called Meet Your Meat, and got his wife to front PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide. Baldwin also lent his support to the Save the Manatee Club by donating his time to record several public service announcements for the group.
11. Tom Morello
The Rage Against the Machine guitarist is known for his unique style, radical liberal politics, and compassion for animals–three traits we personally love in a guy! His vegetables-only diet has clearly pumped him up with energy–not only is he the busy father of two boys, but he’s recently formed a new band called the Street Sweeper Social Club and co-founded the non-profit political activist organization Axis of Justice.
12. Tony Kanal (No Doubt)
There’s No Doubt Tony Kanal loves animals–he’s been active with PETA for years, but is also very vocally against SeaWorld and animal circuses. He raises money for animal causes too–he organised an online auction of No Doubt swag for Animal Acres, signed guitars to benefit Mercy For Animals and headed a crowdfunding for Farm Sanctuary. According to One Green Tony says, “I’ve always just loved animals and you just start making the connection between what you’re eating and what happens to these poor animals and once you start making those connections and realizing the truth behind what you’re eating, it’s just there wasn’t any other option for me”. Follow him on Twitter @tonykanal to get in on his animal activism!
13. Toby Maguire
It’s no surprise that the bestie of THE biggest celebrity ecological force on the planet–that being Leonardo DiCaprio, obviously–would be an animal loving vegan. “I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all. It had to be the perfect bite, with no fat or gristle or bone or anything like that. I don’t judge people who eat meat — that’s not for me to say — but the whole thing just sort of bums me out,” he says. The actor is so strict about adhering to his principles, he refuses to ride in cars with leather seats–though he does slip up every now and then and have some milk chocolate.
14. Tony Gonzales
The former tight end (heh heh!) for the Kansas City Chiefs is big, brawny….and vegan. Apparently it all started when he was sitting beside someone on a plane who had ordered a special meal. When Gonzales asked why, the passenger explained he’d just read a book about how Chinese who eat more plants than animals suffer less disease and illness. Something inside Gonzales clicked: many of his teammates and friends who ate the typical American diet were often ill, and he sometimes didn’t feel his best. He changed his diet completely, and started feeling–and playing–better immediately, and hasn’t looked back since.
15. Ben Stiller
He may have played image obsessed Derek Zoolander on film, but Ben Stiller actually is concerned about his health – so much so, that he’s gone completely vegan. In fact, his whole household, including his wife, actress Christine Taylor and their two kids, also follow a vegan diet. Apart from not eating them, Stiller supports animals in other ways, too. In 2010, for example, he joined Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Robin Williams, and other Hollywood stars in “The Cove PSA: My Friend is… “, an effort to stop the slaughter of dolphins.