Bikini-Modeling Doctor and Trilingual Fire Performer Are PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegans’

Brains and Brawn Collide in the Winners of PETA's Annual Contest

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2015

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Norfolk, Va. – An impressive combination of intellect, physical fitness, and an immense compassion for animals has secured Dr. Harriet Davis of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Victor Ivan Barragan of West Valley City, Utah, the top honors in PETA’s 2015 Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest. Each will receive a free trip for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

A board-certified family and sports medicine physician, 43-year-old Dr. Davis is also a competitive bikini fitness model. “I use the competition stage as another opportunity to show others the type of strong and sexy physique one can develop just from eating plants,” she says. At her medical practice, where she’s also the director, Dr. Davis tells patients how plant-based meals can help prevent a wide variety of health conditions, including obesity and heart disease. “As a result,” she says, “many of my patients have transitioned from the standard American diet to a plant-based diet.” And on her aptly named blog, Vegan Bikini Doc, Dr. Davis shares her favorite healthy vegan recipes with readers.

Twenty-seven-year-old Barragan is also committed to sharing vegan meals with others—he’s hard at work writing a vegan cookbook, and he’s debuting his own series of vegan cooking videos, which he produces in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Barragan is also a fire performer and enjoys Latin dancing, breakdancing, and calisthenics—all thanks to vegan meals. “Since going vegan, my health has improved tremendously,” he says. “Not only did I lose body fat and gain muscle, but my abilities have improved as well—I can do things I never imagined possible, including handstand push-ups!”

“Victor and Harriet are both committed to helping others see how easy it is to get fit and healthy through delicious vegan meals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages people who are impressed by our sexy vegans’ vitality and passion for helping animals to try going vegan for themselves.”

The winners were selected based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

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