While there are always exceptions, it’s probably safe to assume that most people don’t want to see their favorite actor, athlete, or singer with a beer belly. Perhaps this is why so many celebrities dabble in side businesses that emphasize healthy living. After all, if your career requires you to stay in shape, why not make a little extra money by helping other people keep fit as well? Here are seven celebrities who have used their interest in healthy living to launch lucrative side businesses.
While this 20-time Grammy Award winner is primarily known as a pop music superstar, this multitalented performer also has various successful side businesses, several of which involve the health and fitness markets. In 2014, Beyoncé revealed that she was partnering with the London-based Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. to create her own line of athletic streetwear. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the clothes and accessories line will focus on the “dance, fitness and sports categories.” The Beyoncé-endorsed line of clothes is expected to hit store shelves this fall.
More recently, the pop diva also launched a vegan food delivery service in collaboration with trainer Marco Borges, reports the New York Daily News. Known as the “22 Days Nutrition” plan, the service delivers three healthy vegan meals a day to your door for $609.84. “If a Houston-born foodie like me can do it, you can too — you just need to try it for 22 days,” states Beyoncé on the company’s official website.
2. Chuck Norris
You may have already heard some fascinating facts on the Internet about martial artist and actor Chuck Norris. Like the fact that there is no chin under his beard, just another fist. Or the fact that he wears sunglasses so that his eyes won’t hurt the sun. Or how about the fact that Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience? You get the idea. Besides his meme-worthy superhuman abilities, Norris may be most famous for his role opposite Bruce Lee in 1972’s Way of the Dragon, and for his titular role in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.
Not surprisingly for someone who has built his career on his physical abilities, Norris also has a fitness-focused side business. Norris is the longtime spokesman for the Total Gym home exercise machine that is frequently advertised on TV via an infomercial that also includes model Christie Brinkley. “What attracted me to the Total Gym 30 years ago is the same reason I still use it today… it delivers RESULTS!” states Norris on the Total Gym website. “I feel better now than I did when I was in my thirties. Let’s be honest. No one, including me, would use a product for 30 minutes, let alone 30 years if it didn’t work.” Who are we argue to with someone who puts out fires with gasoline?
3. Suzanne Somers
While folks who grew up in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s may be familiar with Suzanne Somers from her starring role on the TV sitcom Three’s Company, most people today probably know her best as the spokeswoman for the ThighMaster exercise product. During the 1990s, Somers was featured in multiple TV infomercials touting the benefits of this spring-loaded thigh muscle strengthener. Today, she’s still endorsing the ThighMaster, although the product has undergone some design changes since the ’90s.
Hawking the ThighMaster isn’t Somers only health-focused side business. The actress also promotes various alternative health products through her official website, such as organic cosmetics and vitamin supplements. Somers even wrote a book, Tox-Sick, that explains the detrimental effect that environmental toxins have on people’s health.
However, it should be noted that Somers’s unorthodox views on certain health issues have not been without controversy. As noted by The Huffington Post, the actress was widely criticized for promoting bioidentical hormone replacement therapy — an unproven treatment for menopause symptoms — and for arguing against the use of chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Maybe she should just stick to the ThighMaster.
4. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda is famous for many reasons. For being the daughter of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, for being a two-time Academy Award winner, for being an outspoken and controversial opponent of the Vietnam War, and for being married to billionaire media mogul Ted Turner. She is also widely known for starring in dozens of exercise videos that she still sells through her official website.
While the original Jane Fonda’s Workout videos were released on VHS in the ‘80s, Fonda has also released multiple workout DVDs geared toward senior citizens over the past several years. “I’m very excited to be back in the fitness business,” Fonda told People in 2010. “I know from experience and from my research how critical it is for boomers and seniors to be physically active. Even if they’ve never exercised in their lives, now’s the time and my programs are a good, safe way to do it.”
5. Kate Hudson
Like Jane Fonda, Kate Hudson is a well-known actress with an Academy-Award winning parent. And like Fonda, Hudson has also dabbled in the fitness market. In 2013, she partnered with JustFab to launch Fabletics, a line of athletic wear for women. “I’ve spent most of my life in southern California and I’ve always lived an active lifestyle,” says Hudson in a Fabletics promotional video. “I was always looking for high-quality, affordable athletic wear that was also hip. Clothes that women would love wearing all day. That’s why I co-founded Fabletics.”
Besides emphasizing quality, Fabletics also markets its products as a cheaper alternative to similar clothes made by competitors such as Lululemon and Nike. Interested in dressing like Hudson? All Fabletics outfits can be purchased online through the company’s official website.
6. Jessica Alba
Famous for her starring roles in films such as Sin City and Fantastic Four, Jessica Alba is also the co-founder of The Honest Company, a Web-based company that specializes in selling nontoxic, eco-friendly consumer goods for children. “When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been. It’s the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing,” writes Alba on the company’s website. “I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”
While Alba may have founded the company as a way to provide healthier products to families, The Honest Company has also become a phenomenal commercial success. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, The Honest Company now has an estimated valuation of nearly $1 billion that could go even higher after its IPO that is expected to take place later this year.
7. George Foreman
As a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist boxer, George Foreman knows a little bit about staying healthy and keeping in shape. Outside of his accomplishments in the ring, Foreman may be best known as the spokesman for a fat-reducing electric grill that bears his name.
Marketed as a healthy alternative to traditional grills, the George Foreman Grill supposedly removes “up to 42% of fat” from your grilled meats. The official George Foreman Cooking website also offers healthy lifestyle tips through a “George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge Kit.”
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