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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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Why, Natalia?

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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

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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?

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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!”

7. Juanes

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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.

Read: 20 Latino We Grew Up With And Didn’t Know Were Vegan

Pero, why, Juanes, why?

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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

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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.

Read:It’s Called Pollo Loco For A Reason, But You Can Also Order Vegan Meals

This is why…

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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

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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?

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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.”

Read: 21 Reasons Chipotle Is A Vegan Haven

10. Constance Marie

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

12. Sie7e

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You guys, full disclosure I’m a full-fledged stan of Sie7eLike 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:

CREDIT: Sie7e. Digital Image. PETA Latino. 22 March 2018.

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.

Tessa Thompson Met A Mini Version Of Herself During ‘Men In Black’ Premiere

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Tessa Thompson Met A Mini Version Of Herself During ‘Men In Black’ Premiere

When the original “Men In Black” premiered in 1997, there’s no denying it was a mega box office hit. In fact, we’re a bit more surprised that it took this long for there to be another installation to the franchise. Now, 22 years later, the new version, fittingly titled, “Men In Black: International” the film is more inclusive, which is certainly appreciated in this day and age.

It’s because of this diverse representation that Latinas can see themselves on the big screen.

Last week, during the “Men In Black” premiere Tessa Thompson spotted a little girl who was dressed just like her in the movie.

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Thompson recounted the moment on Instagram and discussed how much she’s been through with the filming of the movie and doing press all over the world. She said it was this moment that meant so much to her.

“These past couple weeks have been almost a blur— except, my favorite moment of all— meeting the one person I really made @meninblack for. Hers was the first face I saw when I arrived to the premiere— and it’s still on my mind. And what she said to me, I’ll never forget.”

This moment really signifies why representation matters so much.

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People seem to forget how many others are excluded when we see a movie or TV show, so when you see a person that looks like you starring in a massive project, it’s an encouraging thing that means to so many. Now we’re wondering what that little girl said to her. Please tell us, Tessa!

Thompson’s role in the new “Men In Black” also came with a couple of changes including something she didn’t want to say just because Will Smith said it in the original.

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Thompson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t want the new movie to be too much like the old one, which makes sense especially because this is 2019! We don’t need to regress to 1997.

In the original movie, Smith says “I make this look good” after he first puts on his suit. Thompson said she would never say that line.

“I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, I think someone did ask me to — just as an option — and I said no. M [her character] is just different from that character [Agent J/Smith]. Yeah, I was really conscious of too much nostalgia. Also, inside of that, there were moments when I thought, ‘Let’s lean in.'”

Yes!! That is why we need more women of color in movies!

Latina Journalist Captures André 3000 Playing An Indigenous Mayan Flute At LAX And It’s Just So Awesome

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Latina Journalist Captures André 3000 Playing An Indigenous Mayan Flute At LAX And It’s Just So Awesome

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We see celebrities all the time at the airport. Sometimes they’re noteworthy (Edward James Olmos, Rosario Dawson), sometimes they’re yawners (Gérard Depardieu), but imagine seeing one half of Outkast at your gate. Wouldn’t you freak out? That’s exactly what happened to a New York-based journalist.

Antonia Cereijido, a producer for NPR’s Latino USA podcast, was casually waiting for her flight at the Los Angeles Airport when she spotted André 3000.

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The sighting almost wasn’t meant to be. Cerejido explained that she had missed her first flight.

“The crazy thing is I was supposed to take a flight at 11:15 the night before,” she told Slate in an interview, “but there were 50 minutes of traffic at the airport, so I missed my flight. I was very upset. I had to buy flights for the next day, and I was annoyed. I arrived super early, like, “I’m not going to miss my second flight.”

When she realized it was him, she — as any smart person would do — asked to take a picture with him.

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“Well, I think I said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours,’ and then because my friend had said, ‘That’s not a flute,’ I asked, ‘What instrument is that?’ and he said, ‘Oh, it’s a flute. It’s an indigenous double flute.’ Then I asked to take a photo. I was sort of starstruck. I took the photo, and I went away as quickly as possible before I said anything and I sat down. Then we all boarded the plane, and I uploaded the post on Instagram and on Twitter. I saw that it was popular because it was probably only up for 10 minutes and it had 600 likes.”

Yeah, her tweet was popular. It’s gotten more than 50K retweets.

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“I had one tweet before get kind of popular,” she told Slate. “It was, like, a thousand likes, so I was excited. Then I turned my phone off. And then, when we landed six hours later, it had 68,000 likes. And actually, my first feeling was dread. I felt kind of bad, like, what if I’m outing—what if this is what he does, he goes to places and plays the flute and kind of stays low-key? Because it wasn’t like he was asking for a lot of attention—he was doing his own thing. And I could tell that he saw I was staring at him when he was going back-and-forth, but it wasn’t like he was mad at the attention. He was just sort of neutral.”

But, about that indigenous flute.

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People on social media actually questioned her about her flute knowledge, but she got the response directly from André and the makers.

“I just got off the phone with Guillermo Martinez the man who made Andres’s beautiful flute, she tweeted. “It’s a Mayan double flute. He and his shop are doing incredible work by keeping the music if indigenous North American communities alive. Here is his website: https://www.quetzalcoatlmusic.org/ 

The best part about the story is how Outkast is part of her family history.

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“My family is originally from Argentina, and when we first moved from New York to San Diego, it was so different from my experience up until then that my family became really close,” she told Slate. “And there were two things we listened to all the time: the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Outkast. And we became obsessed with the Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album. My mom had a dream that André 3000 taught us the “Hey Ya!” dance. I always remembered that, because it was such a funny thing for my mom to say. And so I have this very fond feeling about him, and he lived up to that. My mom dreamed that he would be nice and teach us something, and that happened to me in real life, which is so crazy.”

So awesome!

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