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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 06/ 2/2008

Comment Box: Oprah's Beef with Meat; Jenna's Hair

By Liz Kelly
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Has Oprah gone vegan yet? How's it going? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Yes and no. Oprah is in the midst of a 21-day diet that will steer the health-conscious tastemaker clear of any animal-based fare. But, allow me to point out that Oprah's regimen -- based on Kathy Freston's book "Quantum Wellness" -- goes way beyond vegan. She'll also be giving up sugar, gluten, caffeine and alcohol as part of the three-week "cleanse."

So, what's the big diff? Well, as a (mostly) vegan gal myself, I -- and most other veggies and veegs I know -- consider it a lifestyle, not a diet or a "cleanse." And while I'm passing on the Eggs Benedict, I happily embrace sweets, a nice doughy bread, my morning cup of Joe and a good glass of wine. Although likely to reap the benefits -- including weight loss -- of a healthier diet, Oprah says she's using tenets of veganism as a way to "jump-start an inner makeover."

Though her latest meal plan is about weight loss (and, probably, book sales), maybe Oprah will get a little something out of her veg adventure. In her blog, she says she's using this break from animal fare to become a more "conscious" eater:

How can you say you're trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?

And it should be pointed out that Oprah is being helped in her stringent endeavor by a full-staff and a vegan chef, who even overnighted food to her when work took her to Las Vegas. I wish.

Oprah, it should be noted, gave up beef once before. In 1998, in fact, she was sued by a group of Texas cattleman who claimed Winfrey "defamed" their product, causing beef prices to bottom out, when she swore to never eat beef again for fear of contracting Mad Cow disease. Oprah, it should be noted, successfully fought and beat the lawsuit.

PETA is capitalizing on Oprah's veg trial run. The group has long used celebrities -- from Pam Anderson to Paul McCartney -- to promote their cruelty-free agenda. Moby and Michael Stipe are among long-time adherents to the lifestyle and several stars -- including Alicia Silverstone and Kevin Nealon -- share their favorite recipes over at the veg advocacy site

In fact, PETA is in the midst of this year's "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" race. Cast your vote (but not for Diane Keaton) here.

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding this past weekend and we all had to get our hair done. The hairstylist's comment about Jenna's wedding hair was that she must have had extensions - she had apparently had a shorter bob all spring? I am far too lazy to track down non-wedding photos of Jenna, but the phrase "tumbleweaves" did immediately spring to mind. Wonder how many of those there are in Crawford? -- Submitted via last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Jenna Bush, left on May 1 and, right, at her May 10 wedding. (Source)

Much as I'd like to nail Jenna Bush for littering Crawford with tumbleweaves, I think your stylist may be wrong. I looked through pix of Jenna from January onward and in all she's sporting the same clavicle-grazing tresses. The only changes her mane seems to have undergone in the past few months seem to be allowing her bangs to grow out (she's got them tucked behind her ears in the above left pic) and (thankfully) getting a deep conditioning and new color before wedding day. Because even the first daughter knows nobody likes a bride with dried-out helmet hair cut through with poorly-done highlights.

I know. I wanted to think of big ol' tangles of extensions floating around the Bush ranch, too. Tumbleweaves would give a whole new meaning to President Bush's affinity for brush clearing.

Comment of the Week
The hottest Clooney by far has to be Rosemary. -- Submitted to Celebritology Live by an anonymous wit.

By Liz Kelly  | June 2, 2008; 10:47 AM ET
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