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Once a misunderstood diet, veganism continues to move more and more into the mainstream — it's even taken Hollywood by storm. Reasons for going vegan are probably more varied than you think: for some it's a sensitivity to meat and dairy products, while others cite animal cruelty or a strong dissatisfaction with factory farming. One thing most vegans can agree upon is that both their health and the planet's have improved since making the switch. Keep reading to find out which female celebs have gone vegan and why.
Natalie Portman was so impassioned about being vegan that she took to the Huffington Post to explain why she made the shift from a "twenty-year vegetarian to a vegan activist." For her, it was reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals, which sheds light on how animals that make it to our plate are raised, killed, and processed.
Not only is Olivia vegan, she started a website — Wilde Things — explaining why she made the switch. Olivia's main reason for going vegan? To "boycott the torture factories." Olivia says it's just an added bonus that she has improved health and more energy.
After making the move to the West Coast for her role on Glee, Lea decided to go vegan, too. For her, the decision was about living a healthy lifestyle that included a better awareness of the foods she eats, which results in "being good to your body and the planet."
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