Vegetarian and vegan culture, it seems, has a tendency in our society to be a thing that “Black people don’t do.” Some of us assume the food is bland and just doesn’t taste good. Others, like India Arie for example, say goodbye to meat and/or animal products and choose to adopt a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle altogether.
This article features 6 famous Black women that have done just that. If you’re thinking about making the transition, check them out for some serious inspiration!
1. Erykah Badu
We all may know Erykah Badu for her work as a talented and soulful singer-songwriter or her activism in the Black community, but did you know that she’s vegatarian too? That’s right. Badu has spent over 20 years living a vegetarian lifestyle. A few years ago, she even dabbled in the vegan diet for a couple of years. Badu swears by both vegan and vegetarian dishes, stating that they are “soul food in its truest form.” This no-nonsense artist is all about being centered, and that, for her, starts with what she puts in her body.
2. Kimberly Elise
A wonderful and beautiful actress in some of our most favorite Black films and shows, Kimberley Elise also eats a vegan diet. After living as a vegetarian for several years, Elise decided that she no longer wanted to consume animal products at all and dove into becoming a vegan. Highly passionate about the vegan lifestyle and stopping animal cruelty, Elise actively encourages others to at least give the vegan diet a try. She also does activism work alongside PETA, which you can find out more about here.
3. Serena & Venus Williams
When they’re not busy being our favorite and most talented tennis players, the Williams sisters are cooking up some delicious vegan dishes. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease known as Sjogren’s syndrome, Venus adopted a healthier, raw vegan diet. As a result, Serena decided to do the same and made the switch to a vegan diet in support of her sister. The Williams sisters are powerhouse athletes who prove that being a vegan doesn’t mean being starved or lacking energy, they have plenty of that!