Atlanta Army Chemist Named PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’

Arnisha Keaton Takes Home Top Honors—Along With a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Atlanta – She’s a chemist with the Army Reserve and a remote train conductor in her civilian life—and now, Atlanta resident Arnisha Keaton is PETA’s 2017 Sexiest Vegan Next Door. She beat out contestants from across the U.S. to nab the title, which comes with a vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Keaton went vegetarian as a child—and her supportive father made sure that meat-free options were served in the cafeterias of five different schools that she attended. Years later, she has continued to expand plant-based options everywhere she goes, whether she’s sharing vegan snacks with her civilian colleagues or going up her chain of command to get vegan ready-to-eat meals served during pre-deployment training in the Army Reserve.

“Every time I travel, I get a new opportunity to share with people how choosing a vegan meal or buying cruelty-free makeup can help animals,” says Keaton. “It’s my goal to inspire everyone to give vegan living a try—and I’ve already made some progress with my coworkers and family members!”

“Arnisha Keaton snagged the title of PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door for being an unstoppable force for animals everywhere she goes,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “She’s living proof of the energy that comes from vegan eating—and that plant-based meals are available in every corner of the world.”

San Antonio firefighter Aaron Gaunt is this year’s male winner. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

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