PETA Marks 20th Anniversary of Most Beautiful Vegans With 20 Stars: See Who Made the List

For Immediate Release:
July 22, 2021

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Los Angeles – To celebrate how much the vegan movement has grown in 20 years since the inaugural contest began in 2001, PETA is ushering in a new wave of compassionate icons and naming 20 stars the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2021, including Lenny Kravitz, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Madelaine Petsch, Sadie Sink, Colin Kaepernick, Heather Rae Young, Ava DuVernay, Lewis Hamilton, Anderson .Paak, Chloe x Halle, and Francesca Farago.

“Vegan options are now on every menu and in every grocery store, and you can’t turn on the radio or TV these days without spotting a vegan superstar,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “We’ve come so far in 20 years, and that’s thanks in large part to PETA’s ‘beautiful vegan celebrities,’ who have inspired millions of people to leave animals off their plates.”

Eilish says, “I just can’t go on in my life knowing what’s going on in the animal world and not doing anything about it.” Stranger Things star Sink credits her The Glass Castle co-star (and previous PETA titleholder) Woody Harrelson with inspiring her to make the jump from vegetarian to vegan, and Petsch loves showing her millions of Riverdale fans “how positive and easy it is to be vegan.” Selling Sunset star Young has been vegan for over a decade, and for Too Hot to Handle star Farago, the documentary Cowspiracy was her tipping point. As she says, “[Y]ou are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem.” Kravitz credits vegan eating with maintaining his physique, explaining that it’s “the right thing for yourself and for the planet and animals.”

Outspoken animal rights activists like Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix, James Cromwell, RZA, Pamela Anderson, Edie Falco, Natalie Portman, and Alicia Silverstone have led the way for years, pointing out that meat, eggs, and dairy cause immense suffering and that animal agriculture is one of the leading sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the United Nations, a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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