The wave of people ditching animal products in favor of a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate vegan diet is impossible to ignore. In fact, the research firm Global Data reports that veganism in America increased by 600 percent between 2014 and 2017—and that includes everyone, even reality stars.
On TV they may be unscripted, but in real life these trendsetters are rewriting the way we think about food and leading a plant-based revolution.
1. Courtney Act
Shane Gilberto Jenek, better known as Courtney Act, is an Australian drag queen. Jenek first came to prominence as Courtney in 2003 by competing on the first season of Australian Idol. In 2014, Courtney was one of the runners-up in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race. Jenek is an outspoken vegan.
2. Lucy Watson
Lucy Watson starred in the U.K. reality show Made in Chelsea. In 2017, she released a plant-based cookbook. Watson currently advocates a vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons on social media.
3. Porsha Williams
Porsha Williams is an American television personality, model, and actress. Williams stars on the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. After watching What the Health and Cowspiracy, Williams decided to go vegan.
4. Asaf Goren
He may be the newest member of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s pit crew, but Asaf Goren is no stranger to reality TV. He starred in So You Think You Can Dance’s “stage vs. street” season 12 and MTV’s Are You the One? But what you might not know about Goren is that he’s a longtime vegan!
5. Joanna Krupa
Joanna Krupa is a Polish American model, actress, and animal rights activist who always uses her voice and platform to speak up for animals. She has hosted Top Model and starred on Dancing with the Stars and The Real Housewives of Miami.
6. Bethenny Frankel
The Real Housewives of New York star, best-selling author, and entrepreneur is bona fide reality TV royalty! Known for being bold, honest, and outspoken, Frankel never shies away from speaking her mind, including using her voice and platform to expose the reality of factory farms! Recently Frankel shared with her Twitter followers a Mercy For Animals drone investigation exposing the dark side of the dairy industry.
These crates were hiding something terrible. Our drones reveal it to the world. pic.twitter.com/SXfka5vLwj— Mercy For Animals (@MercyForAnimals) April 5, 2018
7. Shawn Booth
In 2017, shortly after winning season 11 of The Bachelorette and the heart of Kaitlyn Bristowe, Shawn Booth announced he had ditched animal products and adopted a vegan diet. He told People magazine, “I’ve been vegan for about a month and a half now, and it’s actually kind of fun and exciting to me because it’s opened my eyes to a lot of different foods out there that I never tried before."
8. Kristen Doute
Best known for starring in Bravo TV’s Vanderpump Rules, Doute is a longtime vegetarian and animal rights activist. In 2017, she attended Circle V, a vegan music festival co-produced by MFA.
9. Sharon Needles
Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and host of the Logo horror series FEARce!, Sharon Needles is a proud vegan. The drag queen has partnered with numerous animal protection groups to help raise awareness of the plight of farmed animals.
10. Gemma Collins
Gemma Collins is an English reality star most famous for being a cast member of the ITVBe show The Only Way Is Essex. Last year she announced on the show that she’d adopted a vegan diet.
11. Bob Harper
Host and trainer on The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper is known for being fit. But what fuels this reality star are plants. He had dabbled in plant-based eating for years, but after suffering a heart attack in 2017, the fitness expert decided to go fully vegan.
12. Patti Stanger
Patti Stanger is an American businesswoman and reality TV personality. Stanger is best known for her own matchmaking reality series on Bravo TV, The Millionaire Matchmaker. In 2017, the reality star announced on social media she’d decided to ditch animal products in favor of a vegan diet.
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