A recent piece by the Associated Press got us thinking: Where are all the famous vegans? Gossip sites already tell us about famous people dating so-and-so, famous people shopping at some boutique you've never heard of, famous people traveling to some island they own, but we hardly get to hear about what famous people are eating--or not eating. So, turn the page for our compilation of 10 famous vegans.
10. Bill Clinton (Age 65)
When it comes to food and former President Clinton, one might refer back Phil Hartman's impersonation of Clinton as a McDonald's aficionado on Saturday Night Live. But after leaving office and suffering a couple of health scares, including stent surgery on his heart last year, the popular politician changed the way he eats. Most notably, Clinton went vegan and lost more than 20 pounds for Chelsea Clinton's wedding earlier this year. He may still be sneaking pieces of meat from time to time, though...
9. Ellen Degeneres (Age 53)
Ellen told Katie Couric (above) that after watching Earthlings, she stopped herself from eating meat and all other animal products. Images of slaughterhouses and factories filled with animals proved powerful enough to change Ellen's eating habits.
"I do it because I love animals and I saw the reality, and I just couldn't ignore it anymore."
She and her wife Portia De Rossi served an entirely vegan menu at their wedding in 2008, and the couple recently partnered with Chrissie Hynde on plans to open a vegan restaurant on Ventura Boulevard. Ellen also runs a vegan blog through her show's website.
8. Alanis Morissette (Age 37)
We can't remember the last time this singer did anything relevant, but she managed to steal some headlines when she debuted a slimmer figure in 2009. Morissette said that she decided to change her lifestyle and diet after reading Eat To Live. She lost 20 pounds on the vegan diet and said she has "no more aches and pains." Is she that old? Time must fly when you're famous in the '90s.
7. Steve-O (Age 37)
This Jackass star came to prominence by risking his physical well-being for the sake of comedy. He even titled his memoir, Professional Idiot. As far as his diet goes, though, Steve-O refuses to risk his health by consuming animal products. He attributes his conversion to a religious experience during his time in rehab for a cocaine addiction. Apparently, a Krishna Consciousness youtube video motivated him enough to begin fearing animal consumption.
As Steve-O wrote in his blog: "I got into being vegan because I was simply looking to benefit from being more compassionate. I have since come to learn that it is an animal-based diet that is responsible for the overwhelming majority of cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, and all kinds of other problems."
6. Ozzy Osbourne (Age 62)
This bumbling rocker's bat-eating days are over, and all it took was a movie. Osbourne only recently announced his venture into vegan life, which came about after he watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. During an appearance on his wife Sharon's show The Talk, Ozzy said the vegan diet helps him stay fit while he's on tour and keeps him from going "on binges."