Filipino celebrities Alicia Mayer, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Geneva Cruz, Isabel Roces, Yasmien Kurdi and Raymond Bagatsing made it in this year’s list of PETA’s Worldwide online poll of the Sexiest Vegetarians of 2008. Faye Wong was crowned as Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian woman for 2008, while securing the title as Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian man was Indian actor-director Amitabh Bachchan. PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has been very active in pushing vegetarianism and animal care, at the same time tapping popular celebrities to gain attention for their advocacy.
British pop star Leona Lewis and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis were named the Sexiest Vegetarians of 2008 by tens of thousands of votes on PETA.org. Hollywood stars Kristen Bell, Emily Deschanel, Milo Ventimiglia, Casey Affleck, Abbie Cornish, Hayden Panettiere and Jason Schwartzman, among others also made it on the list.
Previous winners of PETA’s World’s Sexiest Vegetarians contest include Carrie Underwood, Prince, Kevin Eubanks, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Chris Martin, Andre 3000, Tobey Maguire, Josh Hartnett, Alicia Silverstone and Lauren Bush.
Vegetarianism has steadily grown in popularity and public awareness over the past couple of years. Advocates acknowledge the significance of having vegetarian celebrities as ambassadors to promote the cause on a worldwide scale. Here in the Philippines, the call to consume only vegetables and fruits instead of meat has drawn support from some popular personalities.