Jessie J and James Arthur named PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have named Jessie J and James Arthur as the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities.Both musicians have adopted a plant-based diet in recent years and were chosen by officials at the ethical orga…

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have named Jessie J and James Arthur as the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities.

Both musicians have adopted a plant-based diet in recent years and were chosen by officials at the ethical organisation to serve as an inspiration for the younger generation.

“James Arthur and Jessie J are living proof that sticking up for others is the stuff of real beauty,” PETA director Elisa Allen said in a statement. “PETA encourages all kind people to take a page out of the singers’ playbooks and choose vegan food and animal-free clothing and entertainment.”

Jessie, 31, has been vegan for more than a year and began eating a diet rich in plant-based foods to help manage her chronic pain from fertility issues.

Back in July, she opened up on her decision to become vegan in an interview with Plant Based News and confessed she was taken aback by the positive change ditching meat and dairy products has had on her health and mood.

The Domino hitmaker described veganism as a “lifestyle that has improved her life immensely and very quickly”.

Meanwhile, former The X Factor winner James is a vocal advocate for the benefits of plant-based diets and has been a strict vegan for more than two and a half years.

He previously opened up on his decision to go vegan and said making the switch has helped him lose weight and “feel energised”.

“There’s a misconception that you’ve got to get all your protein from meat, but the meat gets the protein from plants,” the 31-year-old shared.

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Millie Bobby Brown wins praise from PETA for vegan-friendly beauty line

Millie Bobby Brown has won an award from officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her vegan-friendly beauty line.The Stranger Things actress unveiled her Florence by Mills collection earlier this year, with the range of skinc…

Millie Bobby Brown has won an award from officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her vegan-friendly beauty line.

The Stranger Things actress unveiled her Florence by Mills collection earlier this year, with the range of skincare and make-up products aimed at teenagers and young people.

All products, including the Zero Chill Face Mist, Swimming Under the Eye Gel Pads, and Like a Light Skin Tint, are cruelty-free and Vegan Action certified, and now, Millie has been awarded one of PETA’s Libby Awards in recognition of her advocacy of animal rights.

“Brown’s skincare and make-up line, Florence by Mills – whose products contain no animal ingredients and are never tested on animals – earned her the award for Best Side Hustle for Animals,” a PETA representative commented.

In addition, singer Billie Eilish was presented with the Best Voice for Animals award for her promotion of a vegan lifestyle and for posting about instances of animal cruelty on her Instagram page, and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace was named as the Brightest Onscreen Star for Animals after he starred in a PETA campaign urging people to avoid circus performances involving animals.

“Billie Eilish, Millie Bobby Brown, and Juan Pablo Di Pace are showing the world how easy it is to help animals by making kind choices in what we eat, what we wear, and how we entertain ourselves,” added PETA senior director of youth programmes, Marta Holmberg. “PETA is recognising them for using their star power to make the world a better place for all species.”

Other 2019 nominees included vegan musicians A$AP Rocky and sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, as well as Hollywood stars Ruby Rose, Kat Graham, and Harley Quinn Smith.

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Alicia Silverstone tapped as brand ambassador for Crystal Deodorant

Alicia Silverstone has signed on to be the face of Crystal Deodorant.The Clueless actress, who abides by a vegan lifestyle and is a longtime advocate for animal welfare, has announced that she is teaming with executives at the brand. “I’ve used Crysta…

Alicia Silverstone has signed on to be the face of Crystal Deodorant.

The Clueless actress, who abides by a vegan lifestyle and is a longtime advocate for animal welfare, has announced that she is teaming with executives at the brand.

“I’ve used Crystal Deodorant for over 20 years because it’s safe, vegan and most importantly it works!” she said. “I am proud to partner with a company that shares my values and is committed to making healthier and kinder products.”

Crystal Deodorant products are made with mineral salts and are available in roll-on and sprays. The formulas are non-toxic, offered in unscented and scented versions, and are contained in eco-friendly packaging.

In light of the partnership, Martin Floreani, chief executive officer and president of Crystal, commented that the star is the perfect fit for the company.

“It makes perfect sense that we would choose Alicia, who has been such a devoted, longtime fan of our products, to represent our brand,” he praised. “There couldn’t be a more authentic partnership, and we are excited to work with her.”

Alicia recently hosted an event sponsored by Crystal at The Gentle Barn, a non-profit animal sanctuary.

The 42-year-old has previously teamed up with mykind Organics on a range of vitamins and stripped off for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign in which she called for people to stop buying clothing made from animals, including leather and wool.

Alicia is the latest star to join forces with a deodorant company, with Justin Bieber divulging earlier this year that he was working on a natural formula called Here + Now alongside bosses at U.S. body product brand Schmidt’s.

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Chanel to stop using fur and exotic skins in collections

Chanel will no longer use fur and exotics skins in fashion collections.In recent months, major brands including Coach, Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, and Burberry, have ditched fur from their lines, with a number of other companies, such as Nike, ASOS, …

Chanel will no longer use fur and exotics skins in fashion collections.

In recent months, major brands including Coach, Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, and Burberry, have ditched fur from their lines, with a number of other companies, such as Nike, ASOS, Topshop, H&M, and Puma all committing to banning exotic skins.

Now, executives at Chanel have joined the initiative, pledging to discard of fur or exotic animal skins in any future ranges.

“We are continually reviewing our supply chains to ensure they meet our expectations of integrity and traceability,” a representative said in a statement. “In this context, it is our experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.”

At present, exotic skins used in Chanel products include lizard, snake, stingray, and crocodile. A number of purses featuring exotics skins are still available to buy on the Paris-based label’s website, including a python and gold metal mini flap bag, costing $5,830 (£4,580), and a small BOY Chanel handbag with lizard and calfskin which is priced at $7,945 (£6,240).

Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion, said the decision to ditch animal-derived fabrics was in part due to the difficulty in finding products which were ethically and sustainably sourced. In addition, he explained that very little fur had ever been used in either Chanel founder Coco Chanel’s lines or current creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s work.

“You look at old collections, there was not much fur,” he told WWD.

Regarding Chanel’s initiative, a spokesperson for animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) praised the luxury label.

“Recent advancements in textiles have made faux fur and vegan leather nearly indistinguishable from animal pelts and skins, far more sustainable, and infinitely customisable, meaning there’s simply no reason to breed and kill animals for fashion,” they said.

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Burberry and Coach recognised at 2018 PETA Fashion Awards

Burberry and Coach are among the brands to be recognised at the 2018 PETA Fashion Awards. Each year, officials at nonprofit organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fete companies and individuals who refuse to use fur or other a…

Burberry and Coach are among the brands to be recognised at the 2018 PETA Fashion Awards. 

Each year, officials at nonprofit organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fete companies and individuals who refuse to use fur or other animal products in garments and accessories.

For the 2018 awards, PETA representatives announced that Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg made this year’s Biggest Luxury Fashion Moment by banning fur from future collections, while Helsinki Fashion Week was awarded Most Progressive Fashion Event for its decision to ban leather from its catwalks starting from next year (19).

Over 300 brands, such as Gap, Mango, H&M, Marks & Spencer, and Zara, have committed to banning mohair, resulting in the Biggest High-Street Fashion Moment, while ASOS won the Most Progressive Online Platform after executives announced that they will introduce a ban on mohair, silk, feathers, and cashmere.

In addition, leading faux-fur manufacturer Ecopel was honoured with an Innovation Award for its new faux-fur fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.

“Vegan living is now the fastest-growing lifestyle across all developed economies, and consumers are looking to purchase clothes and accessories that are consistent with their values for both animals and the planet,” said PETA Director Elisa Allen in a statement. “The fashion industry is increasingly embracing vegan fabrics, and the days of treating sentient beings as raw materials are numbered.”

Elsewhere, Save the Duck was crowned Best Down-Free Brand for its recycled outerwear free of animal fillers, Dr. Martens won the Best Vegan Boot Collection award for its vegan range, Alexandra K took home the Best Vegan Bags prize for its innovative accessories in apple leather, Felder Felder was awarded the Collaboration Award for partnering with Ecoalf on a capsule collection of coats made from recycled materials, and Jakke won the Best Wool-Free Collection award for its new range of knitwear.

And Veja, the footwear brand which rose to prominence after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of its sneakers to an Invictus Games event in Sydney in October, received the Best Vegan Shoe Collection prize.

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Diane von Furstenberg to cease use of fur and angora

Diane von Furstenberg will no longer use fur or angora in fashion collections.In recent months, executives at luxury houses including Versace, Michael Kors, Burberry and Gucci have all pledged to ditch fur and other animal products. Now, fashion desig…

Diane von Furstenberg will no longer use fur or angora in fashion collections.

In recent months, executives at luxury houses including Versace, Michael Kors, Burberry and Gucci have all pledged to ditch fur and other animal products.

Now, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has committed to ceasing production and use of fur, as well as exotic skins, mohair, and angora – the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit – in all upcoming ranges.

“I am so excited that technology has provided us a way to feel as glamorous with faux fur,” she said in a statement, while DVF chief executive officer Sandra Campos added: “It’s time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don’t promote killing animals for the sake of fashion. We are committed to supporting the shift to a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry by providing the consumer with innovative and sophisticated alternatives.”

Concerned with the ethical and environmental impact of using farmed fur in fashion collections, and answering the consumer’s desire for ethical fashion, bosses at the company have partnered with officials at the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to end the exploitation of animal fur in fashion.

In addition, executives are working on a sustainability roadmap with partners at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and will also be focusing on developing innovative textiles as fur substitutes.

Accordingly, animal rights advocates at PETA have praised Furstenberg’s decision.

“PETA is toasting DVF’s compassionate, business-savvy decision to scrap fur and angora,” a representative said. “The company has joined a long list of fashion brands that recognise that fur is dead. We’re calling on any out-of-touch retailer still selling coats, collars, and cuffs made from tormented animals to get with the times and do the same.”

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Pamela Anderson begs Prada to stop using fur

Pamela Anderson has called on Prada designer Miuccia Prada to stop using fur in the brand’s products.The 51-year-old, who describes herself as a “naughty vegan” because she eats croissants in her adopted home country of France, has been a dedicated ani…

Pamela Anderson has called on Prada designer Miuccia Prada to stop using fur in the brand’s products.

The 51-year-old, who describes herself as a “naughty vegan” because she eats croissants in her adopted home country of France, has been a dedicated animal rights activist since childhood.

She often works with officials at nonprofit group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to fight for the cause, and has once again teamed up with them in a bid to stop Prada’s fur output.

“I have long admired your creativity – and Prada’s timeless nylon bag – but I was disappointed to learn from my friends at PETA that instead of going fur-free, Prada has chosen merely to reduce the amount of animal pelts that it sells,” Pamela wrote. “A ‘ gradual’ reduction is no consolation to animals who are languishing inside tiny cages on fur farms and being anally electrocuted and skinned alive for their fur right now. Please, I urge you to drop fur immediately.

“‘Humane fur’ is like ‘merciful murder’: It doesn’t exist. Even in countries that participate in the fur industry’s Origin Assured programme – which claims that animals are treated ‘humanely’ before they’re slaughtered – investigations by PETA and other animal-protection groups have repeatedly shown that cruelty is rampant.”

Prada has recently reaffirmed to PETA its commitment “to a gradual and concrete reduction in the marketing of these products which, to date, represent less than 0.1 per cent of the entire production.”

However, Pamela wants them to put an end to the practice entirely.

Other brands which have gone fur-free recently include Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.

It was also announced earlier this week that the Los Angeles City Council has agreed to ban the sale of fur in the American city.

Pamela also suggested that Prada officials meet with Dan Mathews, senior vice president of PETA.

“(He) can help guide you and your team – in italiano fluente – toward a fur-free future. At the very least, please reveal the names of your fur suppliers so that the public can see what practices Prada is supporting by continuing to sell fur,” she noted.

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Ralph Lauren to stop using mohair in all garments

Ralph Lauren will no longer use mohair in any products.Following pressure from officials at animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), representatives from the Ralph Lauren Corporation, founded by designer Ralph Laur…

Ralph Lauren will no longer use mohair in any products.

Following pressure from officials at animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), representatives from the Ralph Lauren Corporation, founded by designer Ralph Lauren in 1967, have confirmed that they are ditching mohair, a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.

The ban will apply to all of the New York-based retail giant’s brands, including Ralph Lauren Home, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chaps, Club Monaco and American Living.

“Because a credible animal welfare standard for sourcing mohair does not currently exist, we will not include it in our product pipeline going forward,” a Ralph Lauren spokesperson said, according to The New York Post.

The decision comes after PETA campaigners conducted an expose of the mohair industry in South Africa, where more than 50 per cent of the world’s mohair is sourced. Video footage depicted shearers working quickly and carelessly, leaving angora goats with gaping wounds.

In addition, unwanted goats were slaughtered in agonising ways – with PETA’s legal team asking law enforcement agencies in the nation to investigate and file charges, as appropriate, for potential violations of the Animals Protection Act.

“PETA’s expose pulled back the curtain on the violent mohair industry, and Ralph Lauren responded by banning the cruelly produced material,” added Anne Brainard, PETA director of corporate affairs, in a statement. “Ralph Lauren has joined the growing list of fashion brands that recognise that today’s shoppers don’t support cruelty to animals in the fashion industry.”

Other fashion brands that have banned mohair include Zara, Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Topshop, Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg and Brooks Brothers, among others.

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Waka Flocka Flame relaxes vegan diet

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is no longer leading a vegan lifestyle after introducing fish back into his diet. The No Hands star cut all animal products from his food plan in 2014 after struggling to control his weight, and he quickly discovered other hea…

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is no longer leading a vegan lifestyle after introducing fish back into his diet.

The No Hands star cut all animal products from his food plan in 2014 after struggling to control his weight, and he quickly discovered other health benefits from ditching all meat and dairy, even becoming a spokesman for a number of pro-veganism campaigns for animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

However, in a new Paper magazine interview, Waka Flocka Flame confesses he has since relaxed his dietary restrictions, because he realised not everything people claimed was vegan was completely animal product-free, or good for his body.

“I dropped the vegan card,” he said. “I think the public scared me from being vegan. I got so conditioned, I got blinded from what’s really vegan. I got conditioned to just reading the label, and somebody says it’s vegan, so therefore it’s healthy. And it really wasn’t vegan…

“What I call myself now is a conscious eater, meaning I’m conscious about the things I put in my mouth, and about the things that I drink.”

The rapper, real name Juaquin Malphurs, also didn’t like how judgemental some vegans were of other people’s food choices.

“I think saying that I’m a vegan is like putting a title on me,” Waka shared. “I’m making myself sound like I’m better than somebody else. If I’m saying I’m vegan and you’re not vegan, what does that make you? A sloppy motherf**ker? It f**ks (messes) with me. Just to seem like, ‘Yo, you shouldn’t eat meat, that’s not good!’ Like who’s to say you can’t eat meat?

“Technically, a plant has just as much life as an animal does, they just don’t have the common sense or mindset, but it’s the same power of life, it feels everything that we feel.

“When I started reading that vegans can’t eat honey, I was like, y’all going too far. Let me fall back (sic).”

And the 31-year-old has encouraged preaching vegans to lighten up a little, because their attitudes rarely do their cause any favours.

“They scare people and s**t, like, people are really scared of vegans,” he added. “They’re like the f**king cops. When vegans are around, people be trying to throw their food under the table, like, ‘Oh, the vegans (sic)!'”

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