- Animal rights group PETA has crowned Australia’s sexiest vegans of 2017
- PETA announced winners of its Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest on Thursday
- Winners include Gold Coast woman Jordan McGregor and WA’s Dean Tyrrell
- They follow last year’s winners David Campbell and Olympian Morgan Mitchell
Gold Coast woman Jordan McGregor tied for first place alongside Western Australian man Dean Tyrrell. The young mother credited a discovery she made about cows for her switch to the vegan lifestyle.
‘It made no sense for me to keep supporting the cruel world that is animal agriculture and basically living a life that for me was full of negativity, torture, cruelty, and death,’ runner-up in the competition Keisha Waugh from Newcastle said
Winner Jordan McGregor said ‘I’ve been vegan for three years now, and I originally became vegan after I found out that cows have best friends!’
Ms McGregor said she embraced the vegan lifestyle after watching a video of calves being separated from their mothers.
She said she now shared her vegan lifestyle with her two-year-old son.
‘He is the healthiest, most vibrant child I know. I truly believe mothers are a powerful transformational force. It begins with mothers, [who then] imprint these values on the hearts of their children,’ she told PETA.
Dean Tyrrell won the PETA judges over with his ‘toned physique’ and his love for his golden labrador, Nala.
Dean Tyrrell won the PETA judges over with his ‘toned physique’ and his love for his golden labrador, Nala (pictured together)
Vegan lifestyle blogger Bonny Rebecca has amassed more than 400,000 followers online
Bonny Rebecca credits her fit and healthy lifestyle with her decision to embrace veganism
Mr Tyrrell said he credited Nala with helping him to understand the suffering of all animals.
‘[Nala] inspired me to better understand the inhumane treatment of animals… [so] I decided to go vegan,’ he said.
The pair were joined by an enviable list of runners-up including Sonja Mamic, who also said her vegan stance was inspired by cows.
‘I’ve been vegan for three years now, and I originally became vegan after I found out that cows have best friends,’ Ms Mamic said.
‘I’ve been vegan for three years now, and I originally became vegan after I found out that cows have best friends!’ Sonja Mamic said
Olympian sprinter Morgan Mitchell says her diet gives her an advantage over her competition
Vegan and fitness bloggers the ‘Om Twins’ made waves online, acquiring more than 16,000 followers on social media platform Instagram
PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door competition highlighted the expansive world of vegan lifestyle bloggers – who swear by their decision to cut out meat, fish, poultry and all other animal products.
Vegan and fitness bloggers the ‘Om Twins’ made waves online, acquiring more than 16,000 followers on social media platform Instagram.
The twins, who showcase enviably fit bodies, credit veganism for their health.
‘From an unhealthy omnivorous diet to the happiest vegan lifestyle,’ they wrote to their multitude of followers.
The twins said they were inspired by their dog, Laska.
‘Had a coconut ice cream bar and a box of cereal with soy milk. The vegan version of going to McDonald’s after a night out dancing’ Steph Yu said
The Om Twins posted comparison photos of their trim and toned bodies before and after their change to veganism
Om Twins post progress photos online, showing the difference a vegan diet can make
One of the Om Twins is pictured wearing a colourful, fruit-inspired bathing suit promoting the fact she’s vegan
‘We would never think about eating or harming in anyway our little Laska or wouldn’t let anyone do something wrong to her… so why allow it to other sentient beings for the most unnecessary and selfish reasons,’ they said.
‘If you claim to be an animal lover, don’t be a hypocrite, and expand your circle of love to every animal we share this planet with.
‘Choose compassion, choose life, choose veganism as your lifestyle.’
‘Choose compassion, choose life, choose veganism as your lifestylee,’ the Om Twins said
The twins post photos showing their bodies before and after their change to veganism
‘I love more than anything seeing vegan options grow at normal non vegan restaurants and watching people enjoy them,’ Bonny Rebecca said
Fellow vegan lifestyle blogger who goes by the name ‘Fully Raw Kristina’ said her life changed when she embraced veganism.
‘Healthy food is life. Eating clean foods has the ability to transform your mind, body and spirit. Don’t downplay it. It’s all about fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. And it doesn’t have to be boring!,’ she said.
‘You don’t need to take another life to feed your own.’
‘I live among my animal friends by sharing their light, happiness, and freedom – not by eating their flesh. Animals are my dearest friends, and that means I do not eat them,’ Ellen Bennett said
‘I am passionate about nutritional health and medicine … Once I went vegan, I became happier and healthier,’ Amelia Skaczkowski said
‘I first became vegan two years ago because my girlfriend was vegan and I wanted to support her. After watching different documentaries and feeling so much better [than I did on] my standard body-building diet, I haven’t turned back since,’ Runner-up Matt Logue said
Adam Zampa is an Australian cricketer who represents South Australia, Melbourne Stars – he is a vegan advocate
Zampa (pictured) also promotes a healthy, vegan diet
The vegan lifestyle has also been promoted by big names in Australia including Today Extra host David Campbell and Olympian sprinter Morgan Mitchell.
Mr Campbell and Ms Mitchell took out PETA’s top prize in 2016, being crowned the Sexiest Vegan celebrities.
Mr Campbell has been open about his veganism online, saying ‘I am ethically doing the right thing for animals, the planet and our children’.
Ms Mitchell, who went unbeaten in the women’s 400-metre race in the 2016 season, said veganism gave her a competitive edge.
‘I decided to educate those that were against the plant-based diet. I’m definitely getting enough protein and iron required to attain my goals. I guess it just came down to the fact that I didn’t want to put my career before anyone’s life,’ she said.
Ms Mitchell, who went unbeaten in the women’s 400 metre race in the 2016 season, said veganism gave her a competitive edge
Morgan Mitchell of Australia wins the Mixed 2×300 Metre Relay during the 2017 Nitro Athletics Series