1. Anna de Rijk
Anna said in 2011 that she's been a vegetarian for a year: "A year. I was raised [mostly] without meat — my parents mainly made pasta without meat every night, so since I didn’t really grow up with it, I didn’t really like it so much. And then a year ago, it was really strange — I was in a plane, and I got chicken, and I looked at the chicken, and I thought it just looked so gross. And then I felt like, well, I’m kind of half vegetarian [already], so I decided I’m not going to eat meat and chicken anymore, period. I eat a bit of fish because otherwise I feel really weak. I’m not vegan. I eat cheese and eggs and yogurt."
2. Ali Michael
Speaking on how modeling has changed her diet, Ali says she has learned about keeping healthy with a vegan diet: “Finding balance in my diet has definitely been a process that I’m grateful for because it provided me with the knowledge that I have about treating my body the right way now. After following vegan, raw vegan and macrobiotic diets, I’ve found that the best approach for me is to be aware of what my body responds to as opposed to following rules and regulations. I usually have oatmeal with unsweetened coconut milk, walnuts, almonds, figs and goji berries in the morning. I like breakfast being my heaviest meal because it gives me energy for the rest of my day. Lunch and dinner are usually mostly vegetables and a protein like salmon. I’ll usually have a beet, carrot and apple juice at some point, too."
3. Kat Hessen
Kat found that following a vegan diet gave her better energy and improved her health problems: "I've been a vegan for almost two years. When I started eating better, my stomach problems, bad skin, and achiness all went away. I also found that I could run a lot faster and longer without getting tired."
4. Caroline Trentini
Caroline was once photographed in a freezer surrounded by hanging meat by photographer Steven Klein which prompted her to become vegetarian: “[The photo shoot] was worth it but I was traumatized." Klein thanked her for her work by sending her flowers and chocolates as a thank you gift.
5. Hilary Rhoda
Back in 2008, Hilary became a vegetarian and had to change her traditional Thanksgiving meal for the first time: "I just became a vegetarian in June so I will not be having a very traditional Thanksgiving."
6. Sasha Pivovarova
Sasha has been a vegetarian since she was 12. She comments on her diet: "My motto is be healthy, be beautiful. I try to eat only organic food from local farmers in upstate New York. For breakfast I'll have freshly squeezed orange juice to boost my energy, granola, fresh fruit or berries and a pure Chinese tea. Lunch is a hot soup and a big salad and dinner is fried potatoes with mushrooms. I love cauliflower cream soup."
7. Lily Cole
Lily Cole became a vegetarian aged 10 but always used to get annoyed when people asked what difference it made: "But actually, my one measly decision not to eat it is important, because it's like a chorus. You're only ever responsible for yourself – and anyway, it makes you feel good to make choices you can be proud of, so having the intention behind it is the key. Just having the intention. Then the more people have those intentions, the bigger the chorus gets. And then hopefully eventually people won't have to make good choices – it will just be a given that when you buy something someone somewhere won't have been exploited. If we could get to that point it would be amazing."