Silver Spring Woman Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

Meat-Free Meals Fuel Half-Marathon Runner

For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Silver Spring, , Md. – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and 22-year-old Silver Spring resident Carly Schveibinz might just take home the title. She beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to 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.”

When Schveibinz made the decision to drop meat, eggs, and dairy products for good, she found the energy to go the extra mile, literally—she now runs a few miles daily and even tackled her first half-marathon. And animals are never far from Schveibinz’s mind: While she was a student at the University of Maryland, she convinced the on-campus food court to incorporate new vegan options, and she didn’t stop there—she’s since inspired her boyfriend, father, and several friends to eat more plant-based meals. In her downtime, Schveibinz enjoys relaxing with rescued cats Kovu and Boomer, painting, drawing, and exploring photography.

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.

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