Personal Trainer Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

Nutrition Coach and Mom Credits Vegan Eating With Generating 75-Pound Weight Loss

For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Chandler, Ariz. – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and fitness expert Kelly Gibson might just take home the title. She beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to can now help PETA decide whom it should pick as the two lucky winners—one male and one female—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“All of PETA’s finalists are as attractive on the inside as they are on the outside, thanks to their decision to choose meals that are kind to animals, the planet, and their health,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are—and of course, they spare the lives of more than 100 animals every year.”

Gibson’s life took a dramatic turn after she switched to plant-based eating three years ago, sparking a whopping 75-pound weight loss—which landed her on the cover of Woman’s World—a huge drop in her cholesterol, and even an improvement in her vision and asthma symptoms. Now, Gibson uses her newfound energy both as mom to a vegan 3-year-old and as a vegan personal trainer and nutrition coach, helping clients who are eager to jumpstart their own health with plant-based meals. She has also given presentations on plant-based nutrition and was featured on’s Facebook page. And even in her downtime, Gibson is on the go—her hobbies include longboarding, freeline skating, weight lifting, and plyometric workouts.

Voting to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at noon EDT on May 1. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 6.

For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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