You may know her as Tanya McQuoid, Paulette Bonafonté, or Stifler’s mom, but we know her as an amazing advocate for animals. In celebration of Women’s History Month (March), we are honored to crown Jennifer Coolidge PETA’s Vegan Queen.
Jennifer is a longtime advocate for companion animal adoption, cruelty-free fashion and cosmetics, and vegan living.
Her success in The White Lotus—created by fellow animal rights defender and PETA friend Mike White—has earned her much-deserved praise and given her an even bigger platform for her advocacy. She recently teamed up with e.l.f. Cosmetics because it’s 100% committed to being cruelty-free. Jennifer works with makeup artists and stylists to ensure that all items used on her on camera or at red-carpet events adhere to her values. In a feature with Elle Decor, she shared some of the things that make her feel at home, including vegan leather bags. She told the online magazine, “I remember a time when you couldn’t go into a designer showroom and find a purse not made of leather. But I think people are changing.”
She’s Taking the Dog, Dumbass
Jennifer has always been an advocate for adoption: She has taken in dogs who were abandoned in Hollywood, those rescued from the meat industry, and even a dog who wasn’t adopted after she filmed a talk-show segment in order to find her a loving home.
She Makes Us Want a Vegan Hot Dog Real Bad
Perhaps one of her most famous lines comes from Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, when her character, Paulette Bonafonté, says to Elle Woods, “Oh my God, you look like the Fourth of July! Makes me want a hot dog real bad.” That line is still so popular that she was once pitched a hot dog endorsement deal but turned it down because the company didn’t offer a plant-based option—although she said that if it came out with a plant-based hot dog, she would definitely do a commercial for it.
Her Heart Is Bigger Than Tanya McQuoid’s Bank Account
Jennifer beautifully exemplifies compassion for animals and never compromising one’s beliefs for anyone or anything. If you’re feeling inspired by the Vegan Queen herself, begin your vegan journey today!