From Frugivore — Fame doesn’t change the stereotypical face of vegetarianism: white, female, and thin. It may come as a surprise that there are several popular black celebrities that don’t eat meat for various reasons. Some believe in animal rights, others choose to eat meatless for health reasons, but regardless, they prove that vegetarians are black and famous, too! Below is a list of ten black celebrities that don’t eat meat.
Prince- The musical legend lives a vegetarian lifestyle. In 2006, he was voted the “world’s sexiest vegetarian” in PETA’s annual online poll, and we definitely know why. Who wouldn’t like a little purple rain after a delicious vegetarian meal? Just saying…
Brandy- The singer, songwriter, and former “Dancing With The Stars” contestant is a (former?) vegan, and supposedly wouldn’t even wear animal skin. While she’s faltered in her vegan diet, she told Us magazine, in January 2011, that she wanted to get back on track. We hope her New Year’s resolution came to fruition!
Erykah Badu- The neo-soul goddess swears by the goodness of vegan soul food. She told VegNews Magazine, “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.” Amen to that, Ms. Badu!
Russell Simmons- The music mogul has become the new face of zen and black celebrity veganism. At first, he transitioned into vegetarianism after taking yoga classes in New York. He writes on Ellen Degeneres’ website, “Up until [starting yoga in NY], a hamburger was something stuck between two buns — not a cow, a wing was something you dipped in BBQ sauce — not a chicken, and milk was something you drank as a human, never realizing it was only meant for a calf.” Anyone else experience that moment of epiphany?
Andre 3000- The rapper, songwriter, and producer joins Prince in holding the title of PETA’s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity” in 2008. Responsible for some of the most innovative music of the 21st century, it’s great to have him as a vegetarian ally.