Sacramento Woman Nets Top Spot in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’ Contest

71-Year-Old Winner Credits Vegan Eating With Helping Her Lose Weight

For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Sacramento, Calif. – The votes have been tallied, and the results are in—and today, PETA Prime, a resource for baby boomers who want to live a healthy, humane, and rewarding life, has named 71-year-old Sacramento resident Linda Middlesworth the female winner of its 2015 Sexiest Vegan Over 50 Contest. Middlesworth, who was one of 10 finalists, will receive a photo shoot at PETA’s Bob Barker Building in Los Angeles and a gift basket packed with treats from the PETA Catalog.

“Linda is living proof that staying fit and healthy at any age can be as easy as choosing tasty vegan meals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Compassion and sex appeal always go hand in hand, and like all of PETA’s finalists, Linda has both in droves.”

A 27-year vegan, Middlesworth dropped meat and dairy foods to reverse her heart disease and obesity, and when she learned that animals suffer in the industrialized meat industry, she knew it was time to make the change a permanent one. She credits vegan eating with giving her thriving health and energy, which comes in handy whether she’s teaching an aerobics class at California Family Fitness or dishing up lessons on healthy vegan-food preparation. And Middlesworth doesn’t stop there: She has organized screenings of animal-related documentaries as well as protests against circuses and laboratories that abuse animals, and for her 70th birthday, she led 22 supporters on an Animal Compassion Tour that worked to expose abuse in California’s meat, dairy, and egg industries.

The male winner of this year’s contest, 67-year-old Roger Ewing, is a business owner and paddleboarder living in Calabasas, California. Winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.

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