Published by PETA.

This piece was written by PETA intern Anna Sorokina.

Vegan Deni Kirkova won the “Beach Body” category at the Miss Galaxy Universe competition in London earlier this month, proving beautifully just how strong and athletic a person can be when fueled by tofu and other plant-based foods.

“I want to help and inspire others to achieve their dreams—on a vegan diet,” Kirkova said.

Miss Universe Collage© Deni Kirkova / Lowell Mason / Galaxy Universe Organisation

What sets the Miss Galaxy Universe apart from other beauty pageants is the fitness tests. Contestants do sprints, squats, bench presses, pull-ups, and more—all of which allow the judges to see for themselves how fit the women really are.

Vicky Hadley, also a vegan, placed fifth in the “Beach Body” category.

Kirkova and Hadley aren’t the only ones showing off the transformative power of plants this summer. Vegan weightlifter Kendrick Farris and mostly vegan beach volleyball star April Ross will both compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Follow their lead, and trust in plant power!

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