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MIAMI (AP) — Looking to eat less meat? 2016 is shaping up to be a fine time to get in touch with your inner vegan.

And for that you can thank a bevy of celebrities promoting plant-based diets; a growing focus by restaurant chefs — including in the traditionally veg wasteland of the fast-casual scene — on making produce seductive; an onslaught of veg-centric cookbooks that show how eating lower on the food chain can be both appealing and easy; and a surge in high-end grocery items that put your grandmother's tofu cheese to shame.

As with any niche, the vegan movement is edged forward by innovative front-runners. So for a better picture of where the plant-based diet world is headed, we canvassed the scene to see who is worth noting. Here are five prominent vegans worth watching in the coming year.



Fashion designer Lyz Olko's line of army jackets dotted with flower appliques, perfectly frayed denim shorts and edgy graphic T-shirts have a downtown vibe and have become staples for young celebs like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus. Olko, who personally makes every piece in her namesake collection, is a fan of using recycled materials and sustainable production methods. (All the leather in her collection is repurposed vintage.) The 35-year-old New York City-based designer says her decision to eat a plant-based diet is "about having a larger consciousness of the effect your actions have on people around you."

"Think about other people and how can you help somebody else and not yourself," she said.


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