Britain’s Leona Lewis has released chart-topping hits, been nominated for several awards (including three Grammys), and has sold over 20 million records worldwide. But she recently told Cosmopolitan magazine that she would trade it all for a worldwide ban on animal testing.
In the interview, Lewis was asked to choose between her career and an end to vivisection. She sided with animal protection, adding, “I could still do my music in any capacity if I wanted to, but I think it’s just so important for humans to show compassion. They say you can judge a society on how it treats its animals, and I think that’s very true – it all filters down.”
Lewis definitely shows compassion for animals. A vegetarian, Lewis has spoken up on their behalf before. In 2008, she turned down an offer to appear in a Harrod’s sale launch because the store sells fur. She supports several animal rights organizations and has worked with Topshop and The Body Shop to promote cruelty-free cosmetics and accessories. (She currently promotes The Body Shop’s White Musk Libertine perfume collection, which contains no animal ingredients.) Lewis also refuses to use any products that contain animal ingredients or were tested on animals, and has an understanding with all of her stylists.
“I definitely am quite strict about it,” says Lewis. “My makeup and hair people know I don’t use any brushes that use real animal hair, and we stay away from products from parts of the world where they’re animal-tested and not humane at all.”
Lewis lists Aveda, Unite haircare, Liz Earle, and The Body Shop as her favorite product makers.
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