Kalel Nabs First ‘Hall of Fame’ peta2 Award

The 12th Annual Libby Awards Honor Social Media Influencers and Other Stars Who Push Animal Rights Ahead

For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2017

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Los Angeles – More actors, athletes, and social media influencers than ever are sticking up for animals by going vegan, speaking out against cruelty, and more—and peta2, PETA’s youth division, is recognizing these bold forces for animal rights with its 12th Annual Libby Awards. “Libby” is short for “liberation”—as in animal liberation.

2017’s winners included Kalel, who nabbed the first-ever peta2 Libby Hall of Fame Award for her numerous efforts to help animals. This year, the “vegan queen of YouTube” starred in a vegan closet tour and urged Bed Bath and Beyond to stop selling items made with down—and that’s on top of her previous anti-down and anti-angora campaigns. “As time went on and the more woke I became about where my stuff was coming from, the more … I wanted nothing to do with it,” Kalel explained in her closet tour.

“Kalel is showing the world how chic vegan fashion can be, one wildly popular YouTube video at a time,” says peta2 Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 is recognizing her and other influencers who are inspiring fans to eat vegan, shop cruelty-free, and more.”

peta2—whose motto is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—also awarded Libbys to Noah and Miley Cyrus, blink-182, and Emma Kenney, among others. The full list of winners is available here.

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