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

Vegan Mom Says Meat-Free Meals Lowered Cholesterol

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Duryea, Pa. – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and 39-year-old Duryea resident Dawn Pilosi 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.”

Pilosi knew she’d made the right choice for animals and for herself when she saw her cholesterol drop by a dramatic 80 points within just a year of going vegan. Now, after nearly two decades of meat-free eating, this mom credits plant-based meals with helping her stay so trim and energetic that she’s often mistaken for being 10 years younger than her actual age. When she’s not working as an occupational therapy assistant, Pilosi loves to cook for her 11-year-old daughter (who is being raised vegan), do yoga, dance, walk homeless dogs at local animal shelters, and use social media to help friends and family explore vegan foods—something many of them got a head start on at Pilosi’s all-vegan wedding.

Voting for the finalists 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.

For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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