Edinburgh Man and Woman are Finalists in PETA’s ‘Hottest Vegan’ Competition

For Immediate Release:

20 July 2017


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Winners of Annual Contest Will Receive an Eight-Course Gourmet Vegan Meal for Two at Gauthier Soho

Edinburgh, Scotland – What do Edinburgh natives Simone Murphy and Dinarte Gouveia have in common with Jessica Chastain, Ariana Grande, Jared Leto, and David Haye? They’re all sizzling, sexy vegans! Murphy and Gouveia beat out numerous other entrants to become two of fourteen finalists in PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2017.

Photos of Murphy are also available here, here, and here.

Photos of Gouviea are available here, here, and here.

London-based Scottish model Murphy is a vegan pizza addict. She says that “[a]fter seeing a video from inside a chicken hatchery on social media, I became slightly obsessed with researching the meat industry. I was horrified by the way that innocent animals were treated and the way the employees were completely desensitised to the cruelty, and I wanted to know what I could do to make a difference.”

Gouveia is a secondary-school teacher in Edinburgh. He went vegan after watching documentaries and researching the way in which meat and dairy foods are produced, and he says that he couldn’t bear the thought that his actions would not only directly impact the lives of defenceless animals but also have a profoundly negative impact on the environment. “The health benefits [of eating vegan] are also outstanding, and in the short time I’ve been vegan, I have noticed a huge benefit to my health and well-being,” he says.

“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 Elisa Allen. “Each one of the finalists in PETA’s contest is a testament to how sexy vegans are – inside and out.”

To see photographs and biographies of all the belles and beaux selected as finalists, click here. You can vote for your favourite contestants – one man and one woman – to let PETA know whom you think it should select as the winners. Each winner – one man and one woman – will receive an eight-course vegan taster menu for two at top London restaurant Gauthier Soho.

Voting on the finalists to help PETA determine the winners will run until 28 July. Winners will be chosen by PETA based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced by 4 August. See the full contest details here.

Murphy is available for interviews. For more information and to vote in the contest, please visit PETA.org.uk.