Derby Woman is Finalist in PETA’s Hottest Vegan Competition

For Immediate Release:

2 June 2016


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Winners Will Receive Stay at Luxury Boutique Hotel in London

Derby – What does Emma Laird, a native of Chesterfield, Derby, have in common with Ellie Goulding, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain? They are all sizzling, sexy vegans! Laird, 20, beat out other entrants to become one of four female finalists in PETA’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2016.


Emma Laird Hottest Vegan Competition Finalist 2016

Photo credit: Kal Griffig

Laird is a model and an activist who spends her free time campaigning for animal rights and environmental causes. Being vegan is “not just for my health – it’s for the animals and the environment”, she says. “It’s the only sustainable and compassionate/ethical diet.” Laird is starting a YouTube channel, and her favourite vegan foods are dates and sweet potatoes.

“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. “All the finalists are already winners because they eat delicious, healthy foods that don’t harm a hair, feather or fin on an animal’s body.”

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.

Emma Laird is available for interviews. For more information and to vote in the contest, please visit