Torrey DeVitto, the vegetarian star of the NBC medical drama “Chicago Med,” fully embraces cruelty-free fashion and despite living on the West coast for more than a decade, her New York roots, too. The actor revealed in a recent interview with Us Magazine that her closet is still packed full of the blacks, greys, and navy colors favored in NYC fashion.
Among the former “Pretty Little Liar” actor’s prized wardrobe possessions is a Stella McCartney vegan leather jacket gifted to her by a close friend.
“I bargain shop all the time, but then I started learning about how those products are made and about how if you spend a little bit more money on ethical clothing that are using recycled materials, like my favorite dresses are by Christy Dawn … the carbon footprint that they’re leaving is so minimal and it’s really worth the extra money,” she said. “I’ve become a little bit more aware of where I’m actually getting my clothes from.”
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In addition to loving Stella McCartney and Christy Dawn, DeVitto has named Madewell, Bourgois Boheme, Vaute, Angela Roi, and vegan shoe brand Beyond Skin as being among her favorite ethical fashion labels. While Madewell offers leather shoes, last January DeVitto told the Chicago Sun-Times that she keeps her ethics in mind when shopping for new clothes: “I don’t buy any leather goods or anything made from animal products – no down, nothing. It’s something people should be mindful of.”
DeVitto recalls the moment she adopted a vegetarian diet. “I was talking to my then-boyfriend and he was talking about a fishing trip and how he’d never had the experience of ‘killing’ his food,” she explained. “Even though I had fished my whole life something just snapped in me and I said, I’m not eating this anymore.”
When it comes to personal care items, DeVitto says that they need to be cruelty-free “or they don’t enter my home.” She is also a supporter of animal rights organizations PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the Humane Society of the United States.
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