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

Registered Nurse Devoted to Same Church Where Her Parents Were Married 33 Years Ago

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2014

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Hamburg, N.J. – PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2014contestis down to the wire, and 30-year-old Hamburg resident Nancy Fried could take home the grand prize. That’s because she has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two lucky winners—one female and one male—will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of

“Going vegan can help make you feel better on the inside, look better on the outside, and save the lives of more than 100 animals a year,” says PETA Special Projects Manager Alicia Woempner. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too.”

Fried is a devout Christian who attends the Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church in Fair Lawn. This is the same church where her parents were married in 1981, and the minister who married them became her godfather. Fried, who is a registered nurse and works at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, went vegetarian at age 8 after a relative explained to her what happens to animals who are raised and killed for food. After going vegan, she felt an immediate surge of energy and an all-around feeling of well-being. “I came to the realization that no form of animal use is morally justifiable and that human beings shouldn’t be wearing them or eating them when animal-free alternatives exist,” she says. She’s Filipina on her late mother’s side, and her role model is Filipina supermodel Isabel Roces, who appeared in the first-ever pro-vegetarian campaign for PETA Asia-Pacific. Fried’s turn-ons include a man who will gladly take her out to a vegan restaurant.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine the winners ends at noon EDT on May 2. 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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