Keltie Knight has been in the spotlight for a long time -- the Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based dancer, designer, blogger, and television personality performed as a Rockette for more than five years before moving on to her current gig as a correspondent for The Insider on CBS. And now she's using her influence to promote cruelty-free living.
Keltie is currently transitioning to a lifestyle sans animal products, with the goal of being completely vegan by 2015, and she hasn't been shy about telling the world. In fact, she posed nude for one of PETA's iconic anti-fur ads in May. "[That] opened a huge conversation, where I have been able to influence people to rethink their ways," she said.
For Keltie, the journey started when she did some research on animal testing a few years ago. "I've always been an animal lover, and [I've been] a vegetarian since I was 15," she recalled, "[but] that is what made me want to live a cruelty-free life from head to toe, top floor of my house to bottom …I have a 7-year-old fur-baby and I couldn't imagine my own beagle being tested on."
The commitment to cruelty-free also meant taking a hard look at her choices as a consumer. "I chose to stop buying anything new that was an animal product," Keltie said. "Yes, I was allowed to keep the Valentino shoes I bought myself for landing my gig on The Insider, but I vowed to not purchase anything new moving forward. "
Read on for more about Keltie's closet, her favorite celebrity, and her tips for making positive change.
Off-camera I've been wearing the same black Topshop slip-dress for almost five years. I can't help it. I love it, and with a giant floppy felt hat, it's the perfect "off" look. On-camera I go for body-hugging bright and whimsical pieces. I love dressing for the red carpet. I love a gown. Glitter me up any day of the week.
Favorite red-carpet looks:
The 2014 Grammy Awards was major for me. I wore a couture Paolo Sebastian gown and a big spiked hair clip, and I felt amazing. I also loved having Reem Acra dress me for this year's Met Ball in New York City. It was my first time ever wearing a ball gown and I felt like a princess.
Best celebrity interview:
Jennifer Lawrence, because she's such a girl's girl and open and cool. She's always in a good mood and she's so real.
Advice on going cruelty-free:
Ask for help. I have found so many tips and products through my Twitter friends. You are not going to be perfect right away, so be gentle on your mistakes.
Biggest challenge during the transition:
The hardest thing is that I am still learning. Food and clothing are obviously the easiest, but making my home [cruelty-free] was much more of a challenge. Every time I turned around something I thought was cruelty-free would turn out to be tested far way in China, or a sister company to someone that tests.
Must-have beauty product:
I am beyond obsessed with NYX's matte lip colors. They are $3 a pop and the brightest and best pigments, plus they are 100% cruelty-free. I wear them everyday on the show.
I recently launched my YouTube channel and #moonbeammonday, where I post an inspirational video about life and help inspire my followers to follow their dreams and keep it all moving forward.
… You might be surprised to know that I am an excellent crafter. I actually made Ed Sheeran his own Grammy out of Lego last year, but then he dropped it.