Who Are the UK’s Hottest Vegans?

For Immediate Release:

2 June 2016


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]


Finalists Named in PETA Contest to Crown the Hottest Vegan Woman and Man in the UK

London – What do the eight finalists in PETA’s 2016 Hottest Vegans in the UK and Ireland contest have in common with Ellie Goulding, Jared Leto, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix, Jessica Chastain and David Haye? They’re all sizzling, sexy vegans! The four female and four male finalists beat out some stiff competition from around the British Isles.

Finalists Siddy Bennett, 26, from Bristol; Stefanie Moir, 23, from Glasgow; Emma Laird, 20, from Chesterfield; Naomi Djese, 22, from Manchester, Daniel Ellenberg, 26, from Liverpool; Alex Christofides, 30, from London; Anthony Welsh, 26, from Newcastle; and Jak Elmore, 24, from Worksop are all proud vegans and animal rights advocates.

“Vegans are, on average, slimmer and healthier and have more energy than their meat-eating peers – plus there’s nothing hotter than compassion”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Everyone who enters this contest is already a winner for eating delicious, healthy foods that didn’t harm a hair, feather or fin on an animal’s body.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that vegans obviously have big hearts, but studies show that they have healthier ones, too. In addition to slashing their risk of developing heart disease, vegans are less prone to suffering from cancer, diabetes and obesity. These, along with concern for the environment and a desire to save many animals a year, are just some of the reasons why more people than ever (including 20 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds, according to research group Mintel) are choosing to ditch animal-derived foods.

To see photographs and biographies of all the belles and beaux selected as finalists, click here. You can vote for your favourite contestants – one woman and one man – to let PETA know whom you think it should select as the winners. Two winners (one female and one male) will each receive a one-night stay for two at the luxury boutique hotel La Suite West in London, which will include a vegan breakfast as well as a dinner prepared by vegan Head Chef Nik Heartland at its animal-free restaurant, RAW.

Voting on the finalists to help PETA determine the winners will run until 17 June. Winners will be chosen by PETA based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced on 21 June. See the full contest details here.

All the finalists are available for interviews. For more information and to vote in the contest, please visit PETA.org.uk.