Famous Vegetarians

Nathalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman (b. 1981) is an actress, film producer, director, and animal rights activist. As an actress, she received an Oscar and two Golden Globe awards, and her influence on raising awareness for the vegan diet has affected many in a profound way: In 2017 she—along with 70 rabbis worldwide—signed a declaration that encouraged Jews to go vegan as “an expression of our shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.” A film about the impact of factory farming on the environment, called Eating Animals, was produced and narrated by Natalie Portman and released in June, 2018.
“Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life . . . That is why I eat the way I do.”

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli (b. 1988) is an international cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team. Time Magazine included Virat Kohli in 100 most influential people in the world list. ESPN announced him as one of the Top 10 famous athletes in the world. Besides an enormously successful cricket career, Kohli runs the Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF) that raises funds for education and health of underprivileged children in India. In 2018, Virat Kohli turned vegan and says, “I am now feeling stronger than before.”

virat kohli vegan
Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney

“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”

Sir Paul McCartney (b. 1942) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer, and vegetarian activist. He was a member of the rock band, the Beatles. Paul co-founded the Meat Free Monday organization with his daughters, Stella and Mary.

Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik, actress, author, neuroscientist (b. 1975) “To me, being vegan is a way of making the world better, one meal at a time.”
Alice Walker

Alice Walker is a highly acclaimed novelist, essayist, and poet. She is best known for her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out.”

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova, athlete (b. 1956) “My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.”

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavaz, civil rights activist (1927-1993) “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, American singer and actress (b. 1993) “I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person.”

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879-1955) “Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.”

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher and social reformer (1748-1832) Regarding animals: “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’”


Erykah Badu, musical artist (b. 1971) “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. And if your intent is pure, you are pure.”

Pino Caruso

Pino Caruso, Italian actor (b. 1934) “People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (1792-1822) “There is no disease, bodily or mental, which adoption of vegetable diet, and pure water has not infallibly mitigated, wherever the experiment has been fairly tried.”

Leonardo Davinci vegetarian

Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, artist (1452-1519) As a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman, Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” He was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance and is known for his enduring work.

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”

thomas edison vegetarian

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who is credited to have changed modern life by inventing a host of products such as the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.         

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

serena williams vegan

Serena Williams (b. 1981) plays professional tennis and has been ranked No. 1 in the world eight times so far (2002-2017). She has won the most grand-slam titles ever. For health reasons, both Serena and her sister, Venus, eat a raw vegan diet. Serena has also launched a vegan clothing line “to empower women.”

My fridge is really just vegan: coconut water, Gatorade (my favorite!), cucumbers, mint, kale, vegetables, ginger, and wheat grass.”

leo tolstoy vegetarian

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian philosopher and writer who is often regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th C. He is most well-known for his realist novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi was greatly influenced by Tolstoy when in his youth; while living in South Africa, Gandhi founded a community that he named “Tolstoy Farm.”

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”   

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