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By Chere Di Boscio
Leona Lewis really, really loves animals: she doesn’t eat them or wear them in any form, and even turned down a £1 m–yes, one million pound– sponsorship deal with Harrod’s department store in London because she doesn’t approve of the fur products they sell.
The Grammy nominee and a critically acclaimed singer clearly has an enormous amount of respect for the planet and its creatures, and her entire lifestyle reflects that. She’s been a vegetarian since she was 12, and recently went completely vegan. When she asked fans for their best vegan recipes, she discovered a love for garlicky pasta (the recipe for which is below) but she’s also a fan of fruit smoothies and smoked tofu, amongst other vegan treats.
Forget Harrods–Lewis has found that her veganism can be profitable, too. She’s apparently working on launching a line of eco-friendly vegan accessories, and recently, she partnered with The Body Shop to promote their animal friendly cosmetics and launched her very own Limited Edition Cruelty Free Beauty product line as well. Before it became law, she was vociferously opposed to animal testing of cosmetics, but she is also against all kinds of animal cruelty, including using animals for entertainment and sport.
In fact, she has no qualms about using a bit of profanity to get her point across: she once tweeted: “F*** the grand national. How about we put down the little tw**s running those poor horses into the ground. can’t stand this bullshit.” Go, Leona!
But why is the Bleeding Love singer such a bleeding heart for animals? She told Time Out London, “A part of me feels like I was an animal in my past life that wasn’t treated very nicely. And I do believe that every creature has a soul and has feelings.” Especially the creature called Leona Lewis, it seems.
Leona Lewis’s Spicy Spaghetti
350 g spaghetti
2 large or 3 small garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ teaspoons of chilli pepper flakes
6 or 7 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the packet. Strain the spaghetti and place in a large serving dish.
Add minced garlic, chilli pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix together well and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes then serve.
Watch for Leona’s newest album, “Christmas with Love,” in stores now!