Chandler Woman Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

Personal Trainer and Mom Credits Vegan Eating With Sparking 75-Pound Weight Loss

For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2015

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Chandler, Ariz. – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and Chandler resident Kelly Gibson might just take home the title. She beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can now help PETA decide whom it should pick as the two lucky winners—one male and one female—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“All of PETA’s finalists are as attractive on the inside as they are on the outside, thanks to their decision to choose meals that are kind to animals, the planet, and their health,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are—and of course, they spare the lives of more than 100 animals every year.”

A Pennsylvania native, Gibson switched to plant-based eating three years ago, shortly after moving to Arizona—a change that prompted a whopping 75-pound weight loss, which landed her on the cover of Woman’s World magazine. Now, Gibson uses her newfound energy both as a mom to a vegan 3-year-old and as a vegan personal trainer and nutrition coach, helping clients who are eager to jump-start their own health with plant-based meals. And Gibson doesn’t stop when she’s off the clock—she also works to help local restaurants expand the vegan options on their menus.

Voting to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at noon EDT on May 1. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 6.

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