Local Nurse Wins PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

Jasmine Nakasone Takes Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Chesterfield, Va. – She’s a licensed vocational nurse, popular vegan lifestyle blogger, and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community—and now, Jasmine Nakasone is also one of two winners of PETA’s 2019 Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest. She beat out contestants from across the U.S. to nab the title, which comes with a vacation for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Nakasone went vegan overnight eight years ago after watching the video “Meet Your Meat”—and now, everyone in her family is vegan, even her dogs! “No living being wants to die to end up on a plate,” she explains. “Being vegan is an easy way to make the world a kinder place every time we sit down to eat.”

When she’s not advocating for eco- and animal-friendly living on her blog and social media accounts, Nakasone might be found rescuing injured birds, helping to reunite lost dogs with their guardians, or whipping up traditional Filipino recipes that she veganizes to enjoy with her family.

“As an official Sexiest Vegan Next Door, Jasmine Nakasone lives and breathes a neighborly standard of respect—for everyone,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages anyone who’s inspired by her huge heart to follow her lead and opt for vibrant vegan meals.”

New York–based firefighter and five-time Ironman finisher Kevin Duffy is the other contest winner. PETA selected the two based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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