Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and X Factor judge Ellen DeGeneres have been praised for being animal-friendly.

The pair, who are both gay, were named Man and Woman of the Year by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Gunn has banned the use of fur in Project Runway, while DeGeneres and her wife Portia di Rossi have frequently spoken about being vegan. The couple had a wedding free of animal products in 2008.

The couple were also honoured with an award from the Humane Society last year.

In a statement, PETA president Ingrid E Newkirk said: “Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres show us that one person really can make a difference in the world by rejecting cruel deeds in favor of compassionate acts

“Their message that animals must be treated kindly and respectfully has reached scores of people, and many of them have changed their buying habits, all because Gunn and DeGeneres spoke up for the voiceless.”