Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March of the Hot Vegan Army - Day #13 - Carrie Underwood


Carrie Underwood

Know her from: Carrie began her impressive rise to country music superstardom as a contestant (and winner) on the fourth season of American Idol back in 2005. She's been a constant feature in entertainment and music magazines (and she's shown up on plenty of their covers) ever since. She's won several Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards (and plenty of other awards), and has even been nominated for a Golden Globe for her song There's A Place for Us from the movie Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Some of her most famous songs are Inside Your Heaven, Jesus Take the Wheel, Before He Cheats, Cowboy Casanova, Last Name, So Small, Ever Ever After (from Disney's Enchanted), and Oh, Love, a duet with fellow country star Brad Paisley. She's a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Her newest music video for the song Good Girl can be viewed at her website below, or via Youtube.

Why she's vegan: Carrie grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, and first became interested in vegetarianism when she was 13 - once she learned the fate of the animals on her family's own farm. She says that it was difficult to be a complete vegetarian in Oklahoma at the time, but she gave up red meat immediately, and became meat-free at age 21 when when she moved away from home. Last year, she made the jump from vegetarian to vegan, citing lactose intolerance as a large contributing factor. But Carrie is also an animal lover, so much so that she was once quoted as saying that being around animals was more important to her than singing. She is also a spokeswoman for the Humane Society, and has done PSAs for that organization, as well as for PETA, and a special "Protect Your Pets" campaign for Do Something.

Why she's awesome: Carrie is not only beautiful and kind, but she's smart too. She was an honors student all through school, and she graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University. She's also kind of a model for keeping one's dreams alive. She had a record deal in the works when she was 14, but it fell through, and she had more or less given up singing after high school. Thankfully for all of us who like her music though, she got another chance when she tried out for American Idol in 2004. She's sort of living the American dream these days, singing and traveling around the world, and she and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, seem to be very happy together. As far as I'm concerned, Carrie seems like a down to earth person with her head on straight. She has a great sense of humor, and admits that there's no rulebook for the business she's in, so she just kind of goes with the flow. She's very talented and likable, and I'm sure she'll have a great career in show business for as long as she wants one.

Carrie, I would like to cordially invite you to join the Hot Vegan Army, because I know that you could keep us all focused on what's important in life. You've got guts and a good head on your shoulders, and we would sure be pleased to have you in our ranks. You're definitely in my Hall of Fame too.

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