Although veganism—the ethical philosophy of avoiding all animal products, especially in diet—is by no means a recent stance, it goes without saying that celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand have played a major role in popularizing it. The 18th century American reformer Amos Bronson Alcott—the father of writer Louisa May-- advocated a vegan diet even before the term was coined! The English animal rights advocate Donald Watson is credited with coining the term “vegan”; he also founded the Vegan Society. However, veganism as a social justice movement started gaining mainstream prominence only in the past few years with the emergence of vegan activists like Gary Yourofsky, Peter Daniel Young, and Shmuly Yanklowitz. In the contemporary times, several actors, directors and musicians are actively engaged in spreading awareness about veganism and animal rights. Actors Natalie Portman, Hillary Swank, and Tobey Maguire are prominent spokespersons for veganism as are musicians Russell Simmons and Moby. Famous vegan spiritual leaders like Alfredo Sfeir and Thich Nhat Hanh are also engaged in dispersing the message of universal peace for all irrespective of the species. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous vegans.
Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981, Israeli, American
Actress, Producer, Director
Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
17 January 1980, American
Actress

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967, Canadian, American
American-Canadian Actress

Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
08 July 1977, American
Actor

Jared LetoJared Leto
26 December 1971, American
American actor
Michelle PfeifferMichelle Pfeiffer
29 April 1958, American
American actress

Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
10 March 1984, American
Actress, Model

Aamir KhanAamir Khan
14 March 1965, Indian
Actor, Director, Producer

Ted DansonTed Danson
29 December 1947, American
 
Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
01 December 1970, American
Stand-up Comedian

Travis BarkerTravis Barker
14 November 1975, American
Musician
Abbie CornishAbbie Cornish
07 August 1982, Australian
Actress, Rapper

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood
10 March 1983, American
 

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959, Canadian
Singer
Mark Allan HoppusMark Hoppus
15 March 1972, American
Musician, Singer

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett
18 November 1962, American
American musician
Liberty PhoenixLiberty Phoenix
05 July 1976, American, Venezuelan
Child Actor, Businesswoman

Shannon ElizabethShannon Elizabeth
07 September 1973, American
Actress, Former Model

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927, American
Civil Rights Activist
Tia MowryTia Mowry
06 July 1978, American
Actress

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons
04 October 1957, American
Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam
Evanna LynchEvanna Lynch
16 August 1991, Irish
Actress

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 

Michelle ForbesMichelle Forbes
08 January 1965, American
Actress

Suzy AmisSuzy Amis
05 January 1962, American
Actress
Michael RadyMichael Rady
20 August 1981, American
Actor
Conor OberstConor Oberst
15 February 1980, American
Singer-Songwriter

Jeff MangumJeff Mangum
24 October 1970, American
Singer

Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
04 September 1986, Ethiopian
Model

Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
20 February 1991, British
Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur
Amy Lee33Amy Lee33
29 July 1987, British
YouTuber, Vlogger

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Bill FordBill Ford
03 May 1957, American
American businessman

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974, Canadian
American-Canadian singer-songwriter

Matthew LushMatthew Lush
01 July 1988, American
YouTuber, Gay Rights advocate

Aubrey MillerAubrey Miller
08 August 2001, American
Actress
William RoacheWilliam Roache
25 April 1932, British
Actor

Maria BrinkMaria Brink
17 December 1977, American
Singer
Davey HavokDavey Havok
20 November 1975, American
Singer

Andrew KoenigAndrew Koenig
17 August 1968, American
Actor

Dennis KucinichDennis Kucinich
08 October 1946, American
Politician
Mike NessMike Ness
03 April 1962, American
Musician