Holmes Beach Author Is PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50

Female Winner Credits Vegan Eating With Giving Her Speed on the Track

For Immediate Release:
October 22, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Holmes Beach, Fla. – After more than 1,100 votes were tallied to help PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—choose the winners, 61-year-old Holmes Beach resident Ellen Jaffe Jones beat out dozens of other entrants to be crowned the female winner of PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest. Jones will be featured on PETAPrime.org, PETA’s baby boomer–focused website. She won a three-night stay for two at the beautiful Guatemalan eco-resort Laguna Lodge, a PETA photo shoot in Los Angeles, and a selection of goodies from the PETA Catalog.

“Like PETA’s previous winners, Ellen is living proof that going vegan is a great way to protect your health, boost your energy, and ramp up your sex appeal at any age,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. “After all, what’s sexier than someone who exudes passion and compassion?”

An author, an Emmy-winning news anchor, and a certified personal trainer and running coach, Jones uses her engaging public platform to speak out for animals and has written several books to encourage vegan eating, including Paleo Vegan and Eat Vegan on $4 a Day. When she’s not teaching vegan cooking classes or speaking at “vegfests” across the country, Jones enjoys kayaking, yoga, running, swimming, and kicking back with her canine friend, Snazzy. Jones is also a medal-winning participant in the Gulf Coast Senior Games and the National Senior Games. “People are always nice and eager to learn more … especially about how I’ve managed to do this at my age,” she says of her active, high-energy lifestyle, which she attributes to healthy, delicious vegan foods.

The male winner of this year’s contest, 70-year-old Edward Ozols, is an architect and a photographer. He lives in Katonah, N.Y. Winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.

For more information and to view Jones’ photo and bio, please visit PETAPrime.org.

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