Newly Vegan Jay Z is in Good Company: 10 More Vegan Celebs
According to an open letter posted to Jay Z's Life + Times blog on Tuesday, the musician has gone completely vegan — for a little while, anyway.
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"On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!" wrote the "Magna Carta Holy Grail" rapper. Jay Z goes on to explain why he's taking this "challenge," calling it spiritual and serendipitous. (He references numerology and the fact that his veganism will end just in time for Christmas dinner. For real.)
"It just feels right!" he added, before revealing that his wife, Beyonce, will be joining him in his challenge.
We wish Jay and Beyonce good luck in their next 22 days, but who knows? Maybe they'll make veganism a permanent part of their lives, kinda like the following 10 celebrities:
“Becoming a vegan, it gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe. High blood pressure, almost dying, arthritis. And once I became a vegan, all that stuff diminished," said Tyson on Oprah's "Where Are They Now?"
The former vice president reportedly went vegan sometime in 2013, with a source telling The Washington Post in Novemember that he made the decision months ago.
The former president, too, went vegan in 2011. And in September of 2013, he was quoted in AARP's magazine as saying, "I've lost more than 20 pounds so far, aiming for about 30 before Chelsea's wedding. And I have so much more energy now! I feel great."
Long-time PETA spokeswoman (and official "Lettuce Lady") Pamela Anderson is a vegan, partly because "meat is loaded with saturated fat and packs on pounds." She's also the creator of the very first vegan milkshake at L.A. snack spot Millions of Milkshakes.
Underwood calls herself a "practical vegan," simply because restaurants keep sneaking cheese into her food when she travels to different countries. "If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top, I’m not going to send it back," she told Women's Health magazine. "It’s a cheesy world out there."
The 32-year-old actress settled on a strict vegan diet in 2009, but recently told Hello! magazine that she's not too thrilled to leave behind her favorite vegan Thai restaurant when moves with husband Benjamin Millepied to Paris.
"It's benefited every area of my life," wrote Steve-O (aka Stephen Glover) about his vegan lifestyle in a Huffington Post editorial from March of 2013. The "Jackass" stunt-man also advocates against animal cruelty at WhatCameBefore.com.
Pfeiffer became a vegan after reading a book called "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." "I just felt like … there was science behind it," the actress told Dr. Sanjay Gupta on a 2012 episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight." "And, you know, it was sort of irrefutable … I couldn't not listen to it. My father died from cancer, and the older you get, there's a lot of disease around you. And you see people struggling with chronic disease. You see people dying with terminal illnesses. And if in any way … this is true, then you kind of have to listen to it."
Woody Harrelson is a raw vegan, meaning he doesn't even cook his plant-based food. During the actor's Twinkie-eating scenes in the 2009 film "Zombieland," Harrleson ate special Twinkie doppelgangers made from cornmeal, because he eschews sugar and flour, too.
Wilde went vegan after fellow actress and "Butter" co-star Alicia Silverstone showed her the ropes. "[Being vegan] is not always easy and accessible," she said of the diet, "but it's a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better."