Back in April, I [publicly] shared for the first time that I’ve been sober for over a year (21 months and counting). It was a big deal for me to post and I was perplexed when not a soul said anything to me about it. A couple of week later, over lunch with two friends, they both told me how much they had appreciated the post and reiterated how great it is that I’m not drinking. I was happy to hear their support on making it public, as they had obviously had already known (privately) from the beginning. I was relieved that they had actually read the text in the post, as many a person has insisted to me, “no one ever reads blog posts – they just scroll through the pictures.” It felt like a small victory to receive confirmation that, firstly, I’m not the only person who reads blog posts, and, secondly, that at least two people read that post.
You know what else felt fantastic? When I randomly clicked on an article about celebrities who don’t drink. In these 21 months and counted, I’d almost forgotten that there are other people out there who choose to abstain from drinking. I got choked up, actually, reading about dozens of successful people who have come to the conclusion that they feel better sans the sauce. It was a very positive reminder that I’m not alone, and as you know, living the life you dream about is all about embracing the life you want to live, not only through design, but through positive choices that make you feel your very best. Here’s my roundup of 10 inspiring female celebrities who don’t drink, for that very reason.
“I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug,” the former Gossip Girl tells Allure. Blake has always been sober. “It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for,” Ms. Lively explains. She calls herself a foodie, and at the end of the day she prefers to cozy up to her husband, Ryan Reynold, sober, rather than paint the town red with a drink in her hand.
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With the recognition that nearly all of her scandals have involved the sauce, Supermodel Naomi Campbell turned away from it. Naomi now says, “I choose not to drink today in my life because I find that I’m allergic to alcohol. […] I have more energy and I have more fun than when I was drinking, and I can hang out really late and get up early in the morning with no hangovers and still smile.”
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Four years ago, Katy Perry made the decision to give up alcohol, in order to better concentrate on her career. She emphasizes, “You have to bust your ass at this, which is why you don’t find me getting sh*tfaced in bars… It’s so intense, it’s like you catch a rocket and you’re hanging on for dear life and you’re like, ‘Go!’”
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Lana Del Rey doesn’t touch alcohol. The signer overcame alcohol addiction when she was sent to boarding school at 14 by her parents, to get sober. Regarding her childhood, Del Rey confessed to GQ, “I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. […] My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, ‘I’m f*cked. I am totally f*cked’.”
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Jennifer Hudson does not drink, smoke, nor use drugs. The Oscar winner and former American Idol contestant star saw too many lives compromised by drugs and alcohol while growing up in a rough neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Hudson fully committed to being sober, especially after her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered by her brother-in-law (who is serving three life sentences plus 120 years in prison).
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Christina Ricci, too, is a teetotaler. She explains that the decision to make the switch to sobriety was “a choice I made, because I didn’t think [drinking] was very good for my life.” Famous since she was a child, Ricci developed issues with alcohol while in her teens and twenties. The actress made an active choice to step away from the bottle and has been alcohol-free ever since.
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Daisy Lowe is a ‘soberista,’ following in the footsteps of her teetotal mother, Pearl. The 21-year-old British model has embraced a clean living lifestyle, that she is thrilled to say has transformed her for the better.
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Leona Lewis is sober, and always has been. She explains, “When my debut single [Bleeding Love] went to No.1, I celebrated with non-alcoholic champagne.” The overnight pop sensation simply says, “I don’t drink – I hate the taste of alcohol.”
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Jada Pinkett Smith doesn’t go near alcohol. Growing up with two heavily addicted parents, Pinkett Smith never imagined that she would evolve into an adult who downed two bottles of wine on the sofa every night. On one such night, she decided that enough is enough, and acknowledged that she had a problem. “From that day on I went cold turkey; I haven’t had a drink in eight years,” the actress is proud to say.
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Kristin Davis embraced sobriety hen she was just 22-years old. She realized that drinking was interfering with her acting aspirations. Ms. Davis recalls, “I got into the acting programme. It was very challenging. I was hung over, and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.’” She hasn’t had a sip since, and her career has thrived.
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