Mos Def ruled the ’90s underground rap scene and is widely regarded as one of the most influential anchors of the last two decades. He is also a Sunni Muslim. Every track the artist writes is a reflection of his creed. His father introduced his son and future recording artist to Islam when he was 13.
When he turned 19, Mos made his “shahada,” or Muslim declaration of faith. He joins the rank of several artists who use hip-hop to articulate faith – whether Islam or otherwise.
Marilyn Monroe was raised an evangelical Christian. She converted to Judaism after marrying playwright Arthur Miller. The actor decided to convert partly out of love for her husband and his family. But more for the appeal of Judaism.
The inherent rationalism of Judaism impressed Monroe. She was attracted to its ethics, ideals, and the value it placed on close family life. The actor reportedly told a friend that she could identify with the Jewish community since people were always out to get them without cause.
Selena was raised as a Jehovah's witness by her parents, Marcella and Abraham. Despite her tragic death in 1995, her father stated that his family does not participate in memorial services for his daughter.
Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate deaths or birthdays. Selena lost a lot of blood after being shot by Yolanda Saldivar, a staff member accused of embezzling money from her. The doctors gave Selena transfusions to try and save her life - something her father was not happy about since it went against the family's religious beliefs.
Hailey Baldwin, like Selena Gomez, is a member of Hillsong Church's extensive celebrity roster. The model is open about her faith and has stated that she prefers to be around people who share her Christian values, including her husband, Justin Bieber.
Hailey credits the couple's shared faith as the sole reason they are so good together. She's opened up about how challenging it is to navigate working in the entertainment industry while holding onto her religious beliefs. Even people who share her beliefs have been judgmental, calling her lifestyle un-Christian.
Russell Brand is hardly the name you would expect on a list of people who have found Jesus. The brand is best known for bawdy humor, an indulgent lifestyle, and being Katy Perry's controversial ex-husband. The British comedian and actor are almost unrecognizable today.
The man got sober and is still uproariously funny. The brand has always been spiritual despite its seemingly agnostic ways. He previously associated himself with Hinduism, Buddhism, and mysticism. He hasn't gone far enough to call himself a Christian but has shared he would like to "know more."