Photos: High Schoolers’ Vegan Food and Fashion Event

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

San Diego – A first-of-its-kind school event—a vegan food and fashion fair—has nabbed a Hero to Animals Award for the Southwest High School students who organized it. On Wednesday, the students welcomed PETA Manager of Fashion Campaigns Christina Sewell to a special assembly at which she spoke about the future of fashion—vegan clothing, shoes, and accessories—and to an after-school fair at which she served as a commentator for a vegan fashion show.

Photos of the event are available here.

“More people than ever are leaving animals off their plates and out of their wardrobes, and Generation Z is leading the charge,” says Sewell. “PETA was happy to help these young people try delicious vegan food, get the scoop on vegan fashion, and learn how the small choices that we make every day can make a world of difference for animals.”

New Options Food Group provided students with vegan food samples, and the fashion show concluded with a districtwide competition to create the world’s biggest vegan sub sandwich. Cosmetics company Arbonne had a booth at the fair to teach students about cruelty-free makeup artistry, and local firefighters explained to students that they’re often called to help people who are having heart attacks—and how healthy vegan eating can save lives.

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