As a band, the Go-Go’s have made history more than once. Not only were they the first female group who played their own instruments to top the Billboard charts, but they were also the first stars to appear in PETA’s “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, way back in 1991.
Now, as the group heads out on their 2013 tour, lead singer and animal lover Belinda Carlisle is talking to PETA about her vegetarian lifestyle and how posing in the anti-fur photo impacted her.
Carlisle says that when the band first posed for the campaign, they had no idea that it would become as big as it has. They simply knew that “it was clever and would get people talking.” Of course it was a huge success, and Carlisle is proud of her appearance in the shot. She believes that the anti-fur movement is as important today as it was then.
“The campaign is still just as relevant, since fur still unfortunately lines the runways. Everyone loves the campaign, including my son, who’s 21. And I always get asked if we were really naked behind that sign!” she says. (And for the record, she’s not telling whether or not they were actually nude.)
Her love of animals has also affected her lifestyle, particularly her diet. Carlisle was a vegetarian years ago, but fell off the wagon for a time. Now, however, she’s back to her vegetarian ways and stronger than ever, a fact she partly credits to yoga.
“I fell off the vegetarian wagon and never felt good about it. I wouldn’t let myself think of my plate of meat as an animal, but I knew deep inside it was, and actually it was gross, especially chicken. I was full of shame. Then I started practicing yoga, which is all about nonviolence, and realized eating meat isn’t compatible with that. Now I teach yoga, and I’m so full of pride not to support factory farms and to be socially responsible,” she explains.
Naturally PETA asked Carlisle to name her favorite foods, which include vegan BLTs, vegan Sloppy Joe’s, and hummus — foods that Carlisle says don’t “leave a bloody aftertaste.”
To check out Carlisle and the Go-Go’s in action, hit up their summer tour.