These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans
The most annoying thing about being Vegetarians And Vegans is the stereotype of the white, privileged, preachy millennial drinking their kale. The truth is, Latin America is owning animal rights better than any other part of the world. Bolivia was the first country to ban circuses that use animals, and Costa Rica was the first to ban hunting.
That’s not all. As individuals, we shake things up in the kitchen and are part of the growing rise of veganism and vegetarianism in the U.S. Here are some of your favorite famous Latinos who are vegetarian or vegan and their reasons why!
1. Camila Cabello
We need zero more reasons to love her, but I’m officially swooning off the charts since she told The New York Times that she’s vegan. Oh, how’d it come up? She ordered a kale salad–the red herring of vegans.
I’m not the only fan freaking out.
Adopting a new lifestyle is full of exciting discoveries, like chocolate being a vegetable! No for real, I think it’s a nut? Either way, she’s got support from her fans.
2. Ricky Martin
The secret to the Puerto Rican body that just won’t quit? JK, I can’t even say it’s a vegan diet. All Puerto Ricans are born fuego. #boricuaoverhere
OK, so why bother, Ricky?
Ricky told Doctor Oz in 2017, “If you told me when I was 20 that I was going to become a vegetarian, I would have told you ‘You’re crazy. That’s never gonna happen.’ But I’ve lived a very healthy vegetarian lifestyle for 3 years. I am not eating meat at all, and I feel amazing. … My cholesterol is stable …. My head is clearer, I sleep better, my energy is where it needs to be.”
3. Kat Von D
Kat Von D is a talented makeup artist, model, entrepreneur and animal activist. Her makeup line, Kat Von D Beauty, is all vegan and cruelty-free. #swoon
Her reasons are gold.
Kat Von D told Mercy for Animals, “Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself—to consider how my choices affect others—the animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on. To me, veganism is consciousness.”
4. Daniella Monet
Chilean-Italian Daniella Monet is a passionate animal rights activist. She even has a V-shaped tattoo on her wrist to celebrate veganism.
Daniella will veganize Latin-American food for you.
Daniella is so passionate about vegan eating, that she worked with peta2 to launch a web series showing her fans how to cook cheap vegan food! I’m starving for these Polenta Pizzas.
5. Natalia Clavier
Born in Buenos Aires, lead singer for Thievery Corporation, Natalia Clavier has been vegan for awhile now. Her problem is with the industrial complex of animal agriculture, factory farming, which has spread and worsened over the years, especially in the U.S.
She told PETA Latino, “I consider information the most powerful weapon in this fight against factory farming, and all the the terrible things that are happening to the animals and therefore to our health.”
6. Patricia de León
You may have seen Patricia de León on Lincoln Heights, Cold Case, and Crossing Jordan. She initially rose to famedom when she was crowned Miss Panama in 1995, and then hosted La Corte de Familia and La Corte del Pueblo.
Beyond her vegetarianism, Patricia also actively spoken out against bullfights with PETA, and for “One Love Foundation,” which defends the rights of the LGBT community. I’m heart eye-ing all over the place over here.
But why, Patricia?
Patricia has *also* stripped down for the vegan message. She tells PETA Latino, “Growing up, I was always in and out of the hospital with stomach problems, and no one could figure out what was wrong. I decided to give up meat and become a vegetarian, and I haven’t had stomach problems since!”
We all know Colombian god, Juanes, for all the joy and moves he’s brought to your local club dance floor (and the tearjerkers). What you might not know about this Key Biscane resident is that he’s been vegetarian for four years now.
Pero, why, Juanes, why?
In an interview with Que Rica Vida, he told them, “[My wife and children] eat fish or chicken, and I eat my vegetables or grains, eggs or cheese. I quit soda for good, as well as sugar and meat, something I’ve always wanted to do. The result is that I feel great, more energized for everything I do.”
8. Christian Serratos
Christian is Mexican-Italian, and you probably recognize her as Angela Weber in Twilight. Don’t even front like you didn’t watch at least the first one. She even won an award for her role! She’s also now a main cast member for The Walking Dead. Ironically, she won’t eat flesh of any kind off the set.
This is why…
Christian has worked with PETA for campaigns ranging from promoting veganism to speaking out against the Canadian seal slaughter, and even stripping down to speak out against fur.
In her own words, “I’ve always been opposed to slaughtering, eating, wearing carcass.”
9. Vida Guerra
OK, obviously, Vida is a model. Born in Havana, she’s made a name for herself posing in magazine spreads, to even dropping an album in 2006 and lending her voice to the video game Scarface: The World is Yours.
So why go vegetarian?
Vida’s debut nude shoot with Playboy PETA was just the beginning. She stripped down for a PETA’s vegetarian campaign. She tells , “I just felt better and brighter and lighter, and I had more energy. … It was a big deal to me, being an animal lover.”
10. Constance Marie
YUP–that’s Selena’s mom, 20 years later (Selena, as in JLo, in the film Selena). Constance is Angie Lopez in George Lopez and in Switched at Birth. Fun fact: she was spotted dancing in an LA club by David Bowie’s dance choreographer and was hired for his 1987 tour. #goals
Constance has been vegetarian since before it was cool.
She’s raised her daughter veg and has also appeared in PSA’s encouraging folks to spay and neuter their pets. Her IG is just one more platform for her to use her fame for causes she’s passionate about.
11. Marco Antonio Regil
You know him from your living room as the host of every Spanish version of Family Feud, The Price is Right, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader and so on. He’s a passionate animal advocate and you can tell by his Insta feed. Try to find a photo of him without his dog, Bernie.
Not only has Regil narrated the Spanish version of Glass Walls (brace yourself), but he also works extensively with a variety of animal rights and welfare organizations. He’s worked with PETA Latino in this rad video series to debunk the myths of being vegano, and he’s lobbied in Washington for humane research methods that don’t include using cute lil mice and rabbits for chemical testing. Conclusion: I’m even more obsessed.
You guys, full disclosure I’m a full-fledged stan of Sie7e. Like I’ve literally met him and teared up when he started singing to my friends. Sie7e is a Puerto Rican stud and Latin Grammy winner.
He’s been vegetarian for 14 years and vegan for the last few, and now I’m crying.
Mira ese perfecion:
Ok, ok, I know we’re seeing a lot of PETA Latino here, but that’s because it’s the ONLY international animal advocacy group that actually lends a voice to Latinos and all the good things we do for animals. Plus they include cute mutts in their ads. Hear all about Sie7e’s reasons for going vegan and try not to fall in love.
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