Albuquerque, N.M.—PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year's Sexiest Vegans Over 50—and Albuquerque resident Vicki Garay is vying for the women's title. She beat out entrants from across the country to advance to the final round of six contestants. Visitors to PETA Prime's website can now help the group select the lucky winners (one man and one woman), who will each receive an eight-day adventure through northern India, courtesy of VegVoyages—Vegan Adventure Tours.
Garay, a mother of three, describes going vegan three years ago as the easiest decision she's ever made, because, as she says, the "killing of animals doesn't resonate with my soul." When she's not enjoying her favorite vegan food—a breakfast burrito smothered in New Mexico red chile sauce—she can be found doing hot yoga or volunteering at a local animal sanctuary. She even successfully encouraged her boyfriend to go vegan, and now she says that she could never date a meat-eater again.
"Vicki Garay is living proof that a clear conscience and a huge heart are the secret ingredients to sexiness," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Each of the finalists in PETA Prime's Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest is a testament to how attractive vegans of all ages are, inside and out."
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat"—notes that in addition to saving nearly 200 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death, people who go vegan are less prone to suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity than meat-eaters are.
Voting for the finalists to help PETA Prime determine which ones it should select as the winners ends on Oct. 16. The group will choose the winners based on several factors, including vote count. Winners will be notified and announced on Oct. 22.
For more information, please visit Prime.PETA.org.