Here’s a fun fact: African Americans are the fastest-growing vegan demographic. Even though some people make jokes and say that there are no black vegans, research from 2016 proved that 8% of African American adults identify as vegan. Many celebrities are proud vegans, and they use their platform to speak on veganism. Jay-Z and Beyonce even offered people free tickets for their concerts if they go vegan! Also, Jadan Smith launched a vegan food truck for the homeless, and Cardi B started a vegan fashion line.
Here is a list of celebrities that may inspire your next food leap:
1. Serena Williams
Serena mostly eats plant-based food. She revealed that she cleaned up her diet and became vegan when her sister Venus got sick with Sjogren’s syndrome. They started eating raw foods and smoothies. However, she wasn’t strict in the beginning. Venus even called their diet “chegan” because sometimes they cheated by eating a little chicken or fish.
For breakfast, she eats fruits, oats, and almond butter. For lunch, she has a light salad. When it comes to dinner, she usually has brown rice and vegetables, and also chia and hemp seeds. However, Williams isn’t always eating clean. Sometimes she lets herself enjoy her favorite food, such as tacos and a Moon Pie. There are times when she is very strict about what she eats. When her daughter was born, she had an emergency C-section. After that, she became ill and needed multiple surgeries. She had to spend six weeks recovering in bed. To recover, she followed a strict vegan meal plan and cut out sugar completely. She descried that diet as “awful.” It even included grass. Even though it was a nightmare, she says it was worth it.
2. Dawn Richard
The musician teamed up with animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to promote cruelty-free and vegan fashion. She is proud to wear vegan fashion, saying: “You’re respecting not only the humans around you but the animals around you as well.”
3. Stevie Wonder
The singer revealed that he’s been vegan for two years. He chose that for environmental and health reasons.
4. Russell Simmons
For Simmons, this change started with his spiritual journey. He also has a lot of compassion for animals. He got inspiration from the film Diet for a New America.
5. Angela Davis
Even though she is best known for her human rights activism, Angela is a committed vegan.
6. Robin Quivers
Quivers says her vegan diet helped her recover from surgery and treatment while she was battling cancer. She also added that all of her chronic health issues were gone when she started eating clean.
7. Ava DuVenay
Ava says that black veganism has historical roots. Also, for many black people, it is also about social justice and food access.
8. Kimberly Elise
The actress was vegetarian for ten years before going full vegan.
9. Cory Booker
When Cory became vegan, he started having more energy, and his sleep got better.
10. Carl Lewis
The athlete says his best year of competition was the first year he ate a vegan diet.