Stamford Resident is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

Future Medical Student Battles It Out to Take Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Stamford, Conn. – PETA is preparing to crown this year’s “Sexiest Vegan Next Door“—and one Stamford math and science tutor is vying for the title. Rachel Patel beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 10 male and 10 female contestants. Visitors to can help PETA select the winners—one man and one woman—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Patel, a lifelong vegetarian, went vegan three years ago—and she immediately felt the health benefits of dropping dairy “products,” including increased energy, improved digestion, and clearer skin. While in college at Dartmouth, she developed mathematical models and equations to replace the use of animals in tests for chemotherapy drugs. “I believe that computer modeling is the future of experimentation and that using animals to tests drugs is archaic and must be banned,” she says. A recent graduate and current full-time math and science tutor, Patel plans to attend medical school next year and continue to advocate for animal-free research (and healthy vegan eating) as a physician.

“Rachel Patel is already making a difference by encouraging her friends and family members to go vegan, and she has a bright future as an animal-friendly researcher and physician,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the finalists in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan contest prove that a clear conscience and a compassionate heart are the secret ingredients to sexiness.”

Voting to help PETA determine which finalists it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on May 14. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced on May 21.

For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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