For Immediate Release:
21 December 2016

Television Host and Olympic Sprinter Nab Annual Award 

Sydney — 2016 was the year the vegan lifestyle took off around Australia, making the competition to be named PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrities hotter than ever! In the end, two Aussies who are as cute as they are compassionate have won the title: Today Extra host and Dream Lover star David Campbell and Olympic sprinter Morgan Mitchell.

Campbell oozes plant-power when he lights up our television screens each morning. He credits his diet, in part, with achieving his dramatic weight loss this year. “I feel 100% better being a vegan. I am ethically doing the right thing for animals, the planet and our children”, he says. Throughout 2016, he has used his fame to speak out against cruelty in the greyhound racing industry and, most recently, against punching kangaroos in the face.

Mitchell sprinted her way into our hearts when it was announced that she would represent Australia at this year’s Olympic games in Rio. “I have been vegan for a year and a half”, she says. “That’s really helped with everything: energy, health, the environment.” Proving that eating vegan makes you stronger, healthier, and sexier, she’s the fastest woman in Australia over a 400-metre distance and insists that eating plant-based food has helped give her a competitive edge. She also cites the benefits to animals, saying, “I guess it just came down to the fact that I didn’t want to put my career before anyone’s life”.

The number of Australian celebrities who extol the benefits of a vegan lifestyle has skyrocketed during 2016. Mitchell and Campbell faced tough competition for this year’s title from the likes of models Renee Somerfield and Sheridyn Fisher, singing sisters The Veronicas, ARIA Breakout Artist Award winner Montaigne, rapper 360, cricketer Peter Siddle, and last year’s winner, Bridget Malcolm, and Liam Hemsworth, who won the US version of the title this year.

To order a free copy of PETA’s vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.au.