Meat-Free Meals Keep Group of Athletes, Moms, and Models in Top Shape
For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2015
Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and the field of hundreds of entrants from across the U.S. has been narrowed down to 10 male and 10 female contestants who have advanced to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org 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.”
This year’s female finalists include Aisha Thalia, a model, actor, part-time teacher, and full-time mom who’s always spreading the word about delicious vegan food to her hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. And she’s not the only vegan model in the competition: As a competitive fitness bikini model and physician, Dr. Harriet Davis shares her favorite healthy vegan recipes on her aptly named blog, Vegan Bikini Doc—and at her medical practice, she shares with patients how plant-based meals can help prevent a wide variety of health conditions, including obesity and heart disease.
On the male side of the competition, Korin Sutton packed on so much muscle after he went vegan that he became a competitive bodybuilder and began working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. (His most valued client? His mother, who, with his help, is fighting type 2 diabetes.) Fellow finalist Dominick Thompson, an endurance athlete, also underwent a physical transformation after going vegan: He shed more than 50 pounds—and found a passion for supporting other vegan athletes, which led him to start his company, IRON BRUKAL.
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.