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
(Actress, Producer, Director)

09 June 1981

Israeli,American

Abbie CornishAbbie Cornish
(Actress, Rapper)

07 August 1982

Australian

Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
(Actor)

08 July 1977

American

Aamir KhanAamir Khan
(Actor, Director, Producer)

14 March 1965

Indian

Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
(Stand-up Comedian)

01 December 1970

American

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood

10 March 1983

American

Ted DansonTed Danson

29 December 1947

American

Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
(Actress, Model)

10 March 1984

American

Michelle PfeifferMichelle Pfeiffer
(American actress)

29 April 1958

American

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
(Actress)

17 January 1980

American

Jared LetoJared Leto
(American actor)

26 December 1971

American

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
(American tennis player)

17 June 1980

American

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
(American-Canadian actress)

01 July 1967

Canadian

Evanna LynchEvanna Lynch
(Actress)

16 August 1991

Irish

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
(Singer)

05 November 1959

Canadian

Tia MowryTia Mowry
(Actress)

06 July 1978

American

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
(Civil Rights Activist)

31 March 1927

American

Travis BarkerTravis Barker
(Musician)

14 November 1975

American

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett
(American musician)

18 November 1962

American

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons
(Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam)

04 October 1957

American

Mark Allan HoppusMark Hoppus
(Musician, Singer)

15 March 1972

American

Michelle ForbesMichelle Forbes
(Actress)

08 January 1965

American

Carl LewisCarl Lewis

01 July 1961

American

Suzy AmisSuzy Amis
(Actress)

05 January 1962

American

Conor OberstConor Oberst
(Singer-Songwriter)

15 February 1980

American

Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
(Model)

04 September 1986

Ethiopian

Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
(Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur)

20 February 1991

British

Bill FordBill Ford
(American businessman)

03 May 1957

American

Amy Lee33Amy Lee33
(YouTuber, Vlogger)

29 July 1987

British

Matthew LushMatthew Lush
(YouTuber, Gay Rights advocate)

01 July 1988

American

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
(American-Canadian singer-songwriter)

01 June 1974

Canadian

Aubrey MillerAubrey Miller
(Actress)

08 August 2001

American

Shannon ElizabethShannon Elizabeth
(Actress, Former Model)

07 September 1973

American