Sydney – To celebrate how much the vegan movement has grown in 20 years since the inaugural contest began in 2001, PETA US is ushering in a new wave of compassionate icons and naming 20 stars the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2021, including Lizzo, Lenny Kravitz, Billie Eilish, Colin Kapernick, and Lewis Hamilton.
“Vegan options are now on every menu and in every grocery store, and you can’t turn on the radio or TV these days without spotting a vegan superstar,” says PETA US Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “We’ve come so far in 20 years, and that’s thanks in large part to PETA’s ‘beautiful vegan celebrities’, who have inspired millions of people to leave animals off their plates.”
Eilish says, “I just can’t go on in my life knowing what’s going on in the animal world and not doing anything about it.” Stranger Things star Sadie Sink credits her The Glass Castle co-star (and previous PETA US titleholder) Woody Harrelson with inspiring her to make the jump from vegetarian to vegan, and Madelaine Petsch loves showing her millions of Riverdale fans “how positive and easy it is to be vegan”.
Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young has been vegan for over a decade, and for Too Hot to Handle star Francesca Farago, the documentary Cowspiracy was her tipping point. As she says, “[Y]ou are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem.” Kravitz credits vegan eating with maintaining his physique, explaining that it’s “the right thing for yourself and for the planet and animals”.
This year’s other honorees include Anderson .Paak, Chloe x Halle, Chris Paul, and Justin Fields.
Outspoken animal rights activists like Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix, James Cromwell, RZA, Pamela Anderson, Edie Falco, Natalie Portman, and Alicia Silverstone have led the way for years, pointing out that the production of meat, eggs, and dairy causes immense suffering and that animal agriculture is one of the leading sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the United Nations, a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au or follow the group on Facebook or Instagram.