Bikini Model and Physician Is Named PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’

PETA's Top Honors Go to Dr. Harriet Davis, the 'Vegan Bikini Doc'

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Charlotte, N.C. – Competitive bikini fitness model and board-certified family and sports medicine physician Dr. Harriet Davis is no stranger to the spotlight—and after beating out contestants from across the country to be crowned PETA’s newest Sexiest Vegan Next Door, she’ll have one more reason to shine. She’ll also enjoy a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“Dr. Davis leads by example, showing patients, friends, and family alike how healthy and strong they can be with the help of plant-based meals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages anyone who’s impressed by our sexy vegans’ vitality and passion for helping animals to try going vegan for themselves.”

Forty-three-year-old Dr. Davis—who was named a “Top Doctor” by Charlotte Magazine—is living proof of the energy and fitness that come with decades of meat-free eating. Since she became a National Physique Committee bikini competitor in 2013, she has competed in two regional shows and three national shows—and placed in the top 10 in all of them. Dr. Davis uses the competition stage to show, as she says, “the type of strong and sexy physique one can develop just from eating plants!” And on her aptly named blog, Vegan Bikini Doc, she shares her favorite healthy vegan recipes with readers.

At her medical practice, Dr. Davis also shares with patients how plant-based meals can help prevent a wide variety of health conditions, including obesity and heart disease. As a result, many of her patients have transitioned from the Standard American Diet to plant-based meals.

Trilingual professional fire performer Victor Ivan Barragan of West Valley City, Utah snagged the male title. 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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