Sea Cliff Grandmother Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’ Contest

Pilates Instructor Battles It Out to Take Home Top Honors From PETA—and a Free Luxury Cruise

For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2017

Audrey Schircliff 202-483-7382

Sea Cliff, N.Y. – PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50—and Sea Cliff resident Irene Rizzo is vying for the title. She beat out entrants from across the country to advance to the final round of six contestants. Visitors to PETA Prime’s Facebook page can now help the group select the lucky winners (one man and one woman), who will each receive a 10-day luxury Caribbean cruise, courtesy of Holistic Holiday at Sea.

At just 11 years old, Rizzo made the connection between the animals she loved and the meat on her plate, and she’s been meat-free ever since. Now a 60-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother, she leads by example as a Pilates instructor, a health coach, and the author of The Mountain of Youth—a guide to fitness and healthy eating, the proceeds of which she donates to animal rights and farm sanctuary organizations.

“Whether in her book or in her Pilates studio, Irene Rizzo serves as a guide to a healthier, more compassionate life,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Each of the finalists in PETA Prime’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest is a testament to how sexy vegans of all ages are, inside and out.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in addition to saving more than 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death, people who go vegan are less prone to suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity and, on average, are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA Prime determine who should be selected as the winners ends on September 27. PETA Prime will choose the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced on October 4.

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