Veganism is undoubtedly taking the world by storm. According to Riseofthevegan.com, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, named the consumption of plant-based proteins instead of meat, number one “game-changing” trend of the future at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Los Angeles in 2016. Naturally, entertainers and athletes are reflective of this trend which inspired me to put together a list of the 15 most surprising multicultural vegan celebrities.

1) Joaquin Phoenix

It seems natural to start this list of vegan celebrities by Puerto Rican actor Joaquin Phoenix. Long time vegan activist, he is the executive producer of the controversial and popular documentary “What The Health”.  This is what he has to say about the documentary:

“I considered myself very well informed on the benefits of a healthy diet, but What the Health opened my eyes to the sinister influence of the pharmaceutical, agribusiness, and processed food industries,” Phoenix says. “This is the largest health cover-up of our time, and I knew I had to help bring this information to the American public so we can create change.”

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2) Sandra Oh

Not only Sandra is a vegan but she is also an activist. A few years ago, she took the entire cast of Grey’s Anatomy out for a plant based lunch: an unbiased attempt of conversion?

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3) Sie7e

Puerto Rican singer siete, Sie7e who was vegetarian for 14 years, recently became vegan. He recently partnered with Peta Latino and became an advocate for plant-based eating “for animals, our health, and the environment.”

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4) Colin Kaepernick 

Activist and former Forty-niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a vegan, which sparked another controversy following the ones he created by protest against police brutality. His changed of lifestyle has been reported to be have been used as an excuse by NFL teams for not signing him. Pathetic.

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5) Mike Tyson

After a lifelong of excess of all kind, Mike Tyson became a vegan. In this candid interview with Oprah, he opens up “about losing more than 100 pounds and how becoming a vegan helped improve his blood pressure, arthritis and more.”

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6) Venus Williams

In a recent interview with HealthWilliams talked about her path to veganism. She stated:

“I started for health reasons. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.”

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7) Cory Booker

Cory Booker became a vegan in 2014 and opened up about is decision for philly.com. He stated:

“When you find yourself trying to avoid the truth about something because it’s inconvenient, because you know it doesn’t align with your values and your moral compass . . . I wasn’t living my truth. So, this has been a very good month, so far.”

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8) Jay-Z

Jay-Z path to veganism started in 2013 when him and Beyonce initiated a “22 days of spiritual and physical cleanse”

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9) Beyonce

Beyonce has joined the vegan celebrities army when her husband did. In a New York Times article, it says:

She, for one, saw “a noticeable glow to my skin without having to deprive myself of carbs,” she said. “I even slept better.”

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10) Saul Williams

American poet, writer, actor and musician Saul Williams is what you would call a vegan activist. He notably stated:

“How is it that we as human beings can represent both the highest and most developed and lowest and least concerned forms of intelligence of any living species? Are we simply glued to age-old barbaric traditions that cloud our senses and render us inhumane in our dependence on comfort foods and practices? Is our dependence on foreign oil the only thing we need to curb? What about not-so-foreign species?”

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11) Russell Simmons

Among vegan celebrities, Russell Simmons was one of the earliest adopters of the vegan diet. During an interview for Today he stated:

“Well, it started with my yoga practice and you know, the practice of non-harming, ‘ahimsa,’” he told Roker. “So I became a vegan because [of] compassion [for] the animals.”

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12) Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is a proud vegan. On a notorious clip from The Late Late Show with James Corden, he explains how he is lovin’ “not eating animals. He also candidly admits how much he misses chicken.

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13) Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo recently became vegan and announced it through an epic Facebook video “Thanks to the ‘What the Health’ documentary, I have gone vegan. Completely vegan,” He added. “I need y’all to send me some vegan recipes and stuff that I can actually eat ‘cause I’m in the grocery store lost.”

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14) Carl Lewis

According to the website greatveganathletes.com Carl Lewis became vegan for health reasons. He stated:

“I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet. Moreover, by continuing to eat a vegan diet, my weight is under control, I like the way I look. (I know that sounds vain, but all of us want to like the way we look.) I enjoy eating more, and I feel great.”

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15) RZA

In 2014, Wu-Tang Klan member RZA gave an exclusive interview to PETA.org to explain his reasons for becoming vegan. One of the biggest punchline of his interview is: “I do not need to put dead animal flesh in my body.”  

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Let us know in the comments the multicultural vegan celebrities we missed!

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