Sexy vegetarians, anyone?
Celebs show how healthy meals can keep you looking hot and feeling good

SPICE GIRL. Supermodel and columnist Isabel Roces in an 'explosive' campaign. Photo from PETA

MANILA, Philippines – Whether it’s singing, acting, designing, or vegetarianism, Filipinos are natural front-runners. 

Sexy actress Alicia Mayer, singer Geneva Cruz, Twitmusic executive Sandra Seifert, actress Yasmien Kurdi, and Delara band vocalist Lougee Basabas are on top of the list of Asian contestants in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest on Other Philippine contenders are models Isabel Roces and Raya Mananquil, author RJ Ledesma, actors Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Carlos Agassi, and Raymond Bagatsing.

Foreign celebrities competing with the Filipino vegetarians are Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, actresses Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, actor Tobey Maguire, and singer Jared Leto.

Get this: former U.S. President Bill Clinton is also in the running for the ‘Sexiest’ contest.

There are people who choose to go vegetarian for health reasons, some for economical and environmental goals. 

Others, meanwhile, simply develop compassion for animals slain for food. This eventually develops into deeper spiritual purpose.

Clinically, vegetarian meals can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and strokes. According to PETA, meat-eaters are 9 times more likely to be obese than vegans are, making a vegetarian diet the easiest way to stay slim and sexy.

“When you look at the gorgeous celebrities in this year’s contest, it’s clear that eating vegetarian meals makes you beautiful inside and out,” says PETA Asia Vice President of International Operations Jason Baker. “After all, going vegetarian is the best thing that you can do for animals, the Earth, and yourself.”

He adds, “Plus, everyone knows that there’s nothing sexier than someone who exudes both passion and compassion.”

The contest runs through May 15. PETA will ultimately decide the winners based on 4 factors: number of votes received, the celebrity’s commitment to vegetarianism, PETA’s assessment of the celebrities’ attractiveness, and the media-friendliness of each celeb’s personality.

SULTRY COPY. Alicia Mayer in an FHM-esque poster. Photo from PETA

HAPPY TOMATOES. Geneva Cruz channels her inner Eve in this campaign. Photo from PETA

CHECK THE SMILING PIGLET. Model and yoga practitioner Raya Mananquil cuddles what is known as the most intelligent animal in the world. Photo from PETA

TRADING PLACES. Actress Yasmien Kurdi learns what it's like to be inside a cage, waiting for death. Photo from PETA

Go healthy, go sexy, and cast your vote! – 

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