Southampton Man Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Hottest Vegan’ Competition

For Immediate Release:

1 August 2018


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


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

Southampton – What does Southampton native Matthew Parkin have in common with Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, and David Haye? They’re all sizzling, sexy vegans! The 26-year-old beat out numerous other entrants to become one of eight male finalists in PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018.

The photo is also available here.

Full-time activist Parkin volunteers at sea for marine-conservation group Sea Shepherd for about eight months each year, and when he’s not campaigning to save the world’s most endangered marine mammals, he regularly attends leafleting events.

“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.

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