Sacramento Aerobics Instructor May Just Be the ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’

Visitors to PETA Prime Can Now Cast Their Votes to Help PETA Pick the Sexiest Meat-Free Man and Woman in the Country

For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2015

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Sacramento, Calif. – Hollywood is full of sexy vegan A-listers over 50, from Woody Harrelson and Michelle Pfeiffer to Bill Clinton and Wendy Williams (who just lost 50 pounds on a vegan diet)—but Sacramento’s no slouch, either. California’s capital may be home to PETA’s 2015 Sexiest Vegan Over 50. That’s because 71-year-old Linda Middlesworth is one of 10 finalists in the annual contest sponsored by PETA Prime—a resource for baby boomers who want to live a healthy, humane, and rewarding life.

“Vegans tend to be slim, healthy, and energetic, so it’s no surprise that older vegans avoid the high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes that plague so many baby boomers,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Each one of PETA’s finalists is sparkling with vitality and compassion for others, and there’s nothing sexier than that.”

Middlesworth went vegan 27 years ago in an effort to reverse her heart disease and obesity—and the shift in her health has been phenomenal. Now, at nearly 72 years old, she’s the oldest aerobics instructor at California Family Fitness and an accomplished athlete with multiple marathons under her belt. A certified cooking instructor, she loves teaching others how to prepare healthy vegan meals, and she takes action for animals every chance that she gets—from protesting circuses and laboratories that abuse animals to organizing screenings of animal-related documentaries for audiences of hundreds of people. She considers animal rights to be “the largest social justice movement of our time”—that’s why, for her 70th birthday, she led an Animal Compassion Tour in which 22 activists filmed cruelty to animals in California’s meat, egg, and dairy industries.

Visitors to PETAPrime.org can see photos of all 10 finalists and cast their votes through November 13. Two winners (one male and one female) will be announced on November 23. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. Each winner will receive a PETA photo shoot in Los Angeles and a selection of goodies from the PETA Catalog. See the full contest details here.

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