By Holly Litchfield
They write books, star in films, create fashion lines, and sing pop songs you just can’t get out of your head. But more than being hot A-list entertainers, these women are also models of sustainability thanks to one of their lifestyle choices: veganism.
Emissions from animal husbandry have been proven to contribute more to climate change than the emissions from all forms of transportation combined, so not eating animals certainly helps to save the planet. But of course, it also saves animals’ lives, and possibly even your own: vegans have been proven to have far lower cancer rates, heart attacks and strokes than meat eaters or even vegetarians, and they live longer, too.
Upping your intake of fruit and vegetables also means increased vitamins and nutrients in your diet, which leads to a slowing of the ageing process. No wonder a vegan diet has been embraced by so many celebrities! Bill Clinton, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez are but a few who have dabbled with veganism (but still admit to eating meat every now and then). Other stars, such as those below, are more committed to shunning the animal products, not only on their plates, but in their wardrobes, too.
Here, we present in no particular order, our 20 sexiest vegan women, all of whom are truly inspiring.
1. Christie Brinkley
The super stunning, never-aging blonde bombshell that is Christie Brinkley rose to fame in the late 1970’s as a (if not the) Sports Illustrated supermodel, going on to be featured on over 500 covers of the world’s most coveted magazines in an accomplished career spanning nearly 44 years. Christie has dedicated the majority of her adult years to adopting a vegan lifestyle. In recent interviews, she declares her astoundingly ageless face and body are due to her plant based diet. At 61, Christie remains a devout animal rights activist and a long-serving supporter of PETA. In March of this year, she launched her own vegan skincare range, which includes effective serums, exfoliators and creams.
2. Leona Lewis
London hottie Leona Lewis shot to fame in 2006 after winning the world’s largest televised talent contest, The X Factor, and has since gone on to sell more than 20 million records worldwide ever since.
A vegetarian since the age of 12, Leona has more recently made a permanent transition into veganism after further educating herself of the health risks connected to egg and dairy products. Winner of the PETA sexiest vegetarian awards in 2009, Leona is also a loyal ambassador for Hopefield Animal Sanctuary and has created her a line of cruelty-free cosmetics in a collaboration with The Body Shop.
3. Miley Cyrus
Whether or not you’re a fan of Miley’s wild-child nature and often outrageous public performances, she has undeniably made her mark in the world of pop. Aside from the often negative press associated with Miley, she has recently gone public with more positive news, detailing her transition into becoming a vegan. Previously a vegetarian, Miley’s compassion for animals strengthened after the death of her beloved dog, Floyd, and she vowed to not eat any animal products from then onwards. As one of our generation’s most famous headliners and someone who influences young adults the world over, we think Miley is a refreshing advocate for veganism.
4. Emily Deschanel
Brunette beauty Emily Deschanel is an actress on the smash hit series Bones, and has been a dedicated vegan since around the age of 15 after being inspired by an animal rights documentary presented to her class at school.
Emily’s commitments to animal rights include her support toward the Farm Sanctuary, PRCM, a non-profit organization proudly promoting preventative medicines and encouraging higher standards for ethics in research, and the Humane Society. Emily is very vocal on the subject of animal rights – especially in the farming industry – and is happy to spread awareness of these issues whenever possible.
5. Ellie Goulding
The beautiful, British born singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding is another vegetarian that has recently jumped on the vegan train and she speaks openly about how much she’s enjoying the journey, insisting that she feels much more ‘leaner and healthier’ – quite a strong statement from someone who’s already known for her athletic frame! Ellie says that it’s not always possible to be strictly vegan, especially when on tour, and that that veganism at times can definitely be ‘challenging’ but she also insists it’s ‘not impossible’.
6. Daryl Hannah
Sexy and strong, Daryl Hannah made her way onto our screens back in the late 1970’s by starring in mega movies like Blade, Roxanne, Splash and Kill Bill. Also an accomplished stage actress, Daryl has never been one to shy from making statements in favour of the environment and animal rights.
A passionate vegan and lover of ‘life and the wonderful creatures on this planet’ – Daryl created www.dhlovelife.com with the aim of inspiring and informing a more ethically mindful species through light-hearted weekly video uploads. She is now an established vlogger and the site sees thousands of the eco-conscious flock to it for environmental and animal friendly updates each week.
7. Demi Moore
Hollywood hottie and star of dozens of films from GI Jane and Ghost to Charlie’s Angels , Demi Moore looks nothing short of incredible at the age of 53, effortlessly putting some women half her age to shame in a bikini! Demi credits her age-defying appearance solely on a raw vegan diet topped off with weekly yoga and Pilates sessions. Moore reveals that she always felt immensely pressured to stay super thin and sexy, but found that a natural approach to wellness involving veganism and lower-impact exercises has given her the confidence, health and beauty she’s always aspired to.
8. Pamela Anderson
Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has a big heart that has forced her not only to give up eating animal products, but also to support animals in other ways too. She’s a huge supporter of PETA and even posed nude for the brand. She’s also launched a line of vegan boots this year, and has recently slammed M.A.C.’s parent company, Estee Lauder, for doing animal testing for their cosmetic brands in China.
9. Famke Janssen
Dutch stunner Famke is best known for her intense acting roles in films such as X-Men, Taken, and as a Bond girl in GoldenEye. A compassionate animal lover and owner of pet dog Liquorice, Famke believes that ‘when you get that close to an animal, things change and it doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a dog, chicken or cow’. Famke and her adorable canine companion appeared on PETA’s very popular ‘Be an angel for animals’ campaign, aimed at educating people about all aspects of animal cruelty.
10. Lea Michele
Glee superstar and absolute beaut Lea Michele has been raised in a traditional, supportive family unit. When Lea made the lifestyle choice to go vegan, her mum would selflessly adapt her favourite foods into vegan versions so she didn’t feel she was missing out – lucky for some!
Lea is a devout animal lover and uses her fame as a platform to speak up about animal rights and her vegan diet. She shares her health & fitness tips, even throwing in some scrummy vegan recipes into her bestselling book ‘Journey your way to your best life’.
11. Carrie Anne Moss
Carrie Anne kicked butt in all 3 Matrix films (Eluxe faves!) and even did her own stunts in these. Since her time wowing audience on screen, Vancouver born Carrie Anne Moss became a mother, and has become more concerned about the planet and how we interact within it. Moss recounts the story of how she took a walk in the countryside one day, and happened to be followed by a few curious cows. She then found herself making the connection between these animals she was quickly growing fond of, and the steak she was due to have on her plate for dinner that evening.
She didn’t have the steak, and has since become enticed by the wonderful foods a vegan diet has to offer, and is often spotted at her local organic farmer’s markets picking up healthy food for her family.
12. Ellen Page
Endearing and effortlessly cute, the star of Juno is an outspoken environmentalist, regularly taking to Twitter and other social media platforms to share her views on veganism, animal cruelty and environmental wrongs. Keeping in with her strong sense of ethics, Page turned totally vegan recently, and was awarded PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian award in 2014 alongside long-haired super hunk Jared Leto.
13. Michelle Pfeiffer
Due to the desire for a healthier body and mind, the smoking hot Catwoman took to educating herself more on the health benefits associated with a plant based diet. At 54, Michelle totally owns her ageless looks and of course, credits this to her vegan lifestyle. She openly admits that before finding veganism, her daily diet consisted of coffee, cigarettes and Coca-Cola. Since ditching meat and dairy and taking up meditation, Michelle has also stopped eating junk food, and enthuses that the health benefits have been tremendous.
14. Jessica Chastain
This stunning redhead and eco-conscious A-lister was raised by a vegan mother that made a living from running vegan restaurants. A vegetarian for her first 15 years and a vegan for the latter 8 -naturally, adopting a vegan diet would have come more easily to Jessica having been introduced to a greener lifestyle from a young age.
However sustainable her dietary choices may be, she has not yet extended this to her wardrobe choices, as Chastain is spotted donning leather clothing and accessories at many red carpet events. We have faith yet in Jessica though, it’s never too late to make the change and there are an abundance of vegan fashion labels out there – take Stella McCartney for instance.
15. Olivia Wilde
Duped the ‘Real Deal Vegan’ by OneGreenPlanet.org and winner of PETA’s sexiest Vegetarian celeb of 2010, Olivia was an easy choice to shortlist for our sexiest vegan celebrity women. The cat-like beauty has previously promoted cruelty-free cosmetics for Revlon and proudly shows off her vegan nature through her website, which has an entire page devoted to her green lifestyle.
16. Lily Cole
Lily Cole became a vegetarian aged 10 but aims to eat vegan when possible. She used to get annoyed when people asked what difference it made: “But actually, my one measly decision not to eat (meat) is important, because it’s like a chorus. You’re only ever responsible for yourself – and anyway, it makes you feel good to make choices you can be proud of, so having the intention behind it is the key. Just having the intention. Then the more people have those intentions, the bigger the chorus gets,” she said.
17. Portia de Rossi
This spot should go to both Portia and her wife Ellen DeGeneres! They have been vegan since 2008, but their dedication to animal welfare doesn’t end there. They’re both strong supporters of the Gentle Barn, a California-based sanctuary for abused animals, and also stand behind Alley Cat Allies an organisation dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of cats.
18. Petra Nemcova
The stunning model and founder of the Happy Hearts Fund for children said that she went vegan because a fear of the health effects of fish farming and how close the planet is to destroying many fish species. Since changing her diet, she’s also acknowledged (after countless fans pointed it out, it should be said) that her body has changed for the better – though many would say ‘for the hotter!’
19. Sophie Monk
The English born actress, singer and model is as compassionate as she is beautiful: she jumped at the opportunity to speak up for animals by shedding her clothes and posing nude in a bed of chili peppers alongside the tagline “Spice Up Your Life–Go Vegetarian” in one of PETA’s sexiest vegetarian public service announcements yet. Sophie clearly wants fans to know that giving up animal products is one of the best things you can do to for your health and the planet, and even said that she would only have gotten nude for one reason – to promote a worthy cause.
2o. Joan Jett
Look at this face. This woman is 2 years away from 60 but looks decades younger, thanks to a vegan lifestyle. It’s not what you’d expect from the kohl-loving rock star who rose to fame with songs like ‘Crimson and Clover’ and ‘I Love Rock’n’Roll’ but then again, iconoclast Joan Jett rarely does what’s expected.
A peace-loving hippie at heart despite her hardcore look, Jett supported Howard Dean in the 2004 American elections because of his strong opposition to the war in Iraq. She has been a vegetarian for over 20 years and has shunned the black leather worn by most rockers for vegan leather instead. She and supports both PETA and Farm Sanctuary, and after learning about the environmental impacts of factory farming, she became an advocate for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, participating in PETA outreach projects such as handing out Vegetarian Starter Kits to the public.
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