Edinburgh Women Are Finalists in PETA’s ‘Hottest Vegan’ Competition

For Immediate Release:

31 July 2018


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


Contest Finalists Will Battle for Top Honours and a Luxury European Cruise

Edinburgh – What do Edinburgh locals Katie Crisp and Kirsten Mcleod have in common with Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, and Ariana Grande? They’re all sizzling, sexy vegans! The two women beat out numerous other entrants to become two of eight female finalists in PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018.

Photos are available here (Katie), and here (Kirsten).

After reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens on her honeymoon, Crisp made the decision to go from vegetarian to vegan, and she now uses her own experience to persuade others to make the switch.

Mcleod, a nurse, loves spreading the vegan message at every chance she gets and encouraging the people she meets to ditch meat. She proudly takes a stand against zoos, aquariums, and marine abusement parks in support of animal rights.

“There’s nothing sexier than someone who is committed to helping animals and the environment, and it doesn’t hurt that vegans are, on average, healthier and more energetic than their meat-eating peers,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Each one of the finalists in PETA’s contest is a living example of the strength and vitality that can come from vegan eating.”

To see photographs and biographies of all the belles and beaux selected as finalists, click here. The two winners of the annual contest – modelled, in part, after PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities contest, which has honoured Leona Lewis, John Bishop, Thandie Newton, David Haye, and many others – will each receive a trip for two on the luxury five-night Christmas Markets cruise on Germany and Switzerland’s Rhine and Moselle rivers, courtesy of Vegan Travel.

This year’s winners will be chosen based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced by 13 August. See the full contest details here.

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