Let the Search Begin: Are You the ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’?

Winners of PETA's Annual 'Compassion Contest' Will Each Receive a Free Trip for Two to Hawaii

For Immediate Release:
March 1, 2018

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Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Who is the sexiest vegan of them all? Starting today, PETA’s 2018 Sexiest Vegan Next Door competition is open for submissions. Modeled after PETA’s iconic Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest—whose past winners include Anne Hathaway, Joaquin Phoenix, and many others—the annual competition seeks to recognize the unique men and women who are proving that there’s nothing more attractive than compassion.

Each winner—one man and one woman—will receive a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“Vegans are living proof that real beauty is more than skin deep,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Compassionate hearts and kind minds are the definition of sexy in PETA’s book, and we look forward to recognizing the special people who fit the bill and help to improve our world.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that every year, each person who goes vegan spares more than 100 animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. While vegans have big hearts, studies show that they have healthier ones, too: In addition to slashing their risk of developing heart disease, vegans are less prone to suffering from cancer, diabetes, and obesity—and, on average, are fitter and trimmer—than meat-eaters are.

Entrants must be U.S. residents and at least 22 years of age. Previous finalists and winners are ineligible to enter. The entry round ends on March 23. On April 9, PETA will announce the 20 finalists—to be determined by a PETA panel—and voting will open to the public to help determine the winners. The group will choose them based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

Past winners include Arnisha Keaton, an Army chemist who brought vegan food to her colleagues in order to inspire others to leave animals off their plates, and Aaron Gaunt, a San Antonio firefighter who went vegan after watching Forks Over Knives. Check out more inspirational vegans on PETA’s past winners page. Not vegan yet? PETA offers a free vegan starter kit containing recipes, tips on dining out, and more. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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