L.A. Teen Named Finalist in peta2’s 2014 ‘Cutest Vegan Alive’ Contest

As Dumping Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products Gains Immense Popularity Across the Country, Young People Are Leading the Charge

For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Los Angeles could soon be in the national spotlight. That’s because 18-year-old Stefania Bell has beaten out dozens of entrants from across the country to be named one of 10 female finalists vying for the title of 2014 Cutest Vegan Alive in the ninth annual contest sponsored by peta2—PETA’s youth division. The final pool consists of 20 finalists—the 10 finalists (five female and five male) who received the highest number of votes, plus 10 finalists (five female and five male) who were selected by peta2. The two winners—one female and one male—will win a professional photo shoot and a chance to star in their own peta2 ad.

“Stefania is determined to make the world a kinder place,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Kids who go vegan show respect for animals, the planet, and their own bodies, and that makes all of them cute in our book.”

After being vegetarian for five years, Bell decided in March to take the next big step to help animals and went vegan. She’s amazed by how many delicious vegan options and treats there are. Plus, she takes a great deal of comfort in knowing that she no longer supports the cruel dairy and egg industries. Her favorite foods include veggie burgers with fries, veggie dogs, and “anything with pasta.” She never shies away from discussing her humane diet with her friends, explaining to them how clean and healthy she feels and that it’s a great way to shed unwanted pounds. Bell is studying animal science and hopes one day to run a safe haven for lost and abandoned animals. Besides being—in her own words—“a fun 18-year-old girl who’s obsessed with helping animals,” Bell enjoys Doctor Who, Disney movies, and shopping.

peta2 will select the two winners based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here. To view photos of and read more about the finalists, please click here. For more information, please visit peta2.com.

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