For Immediate Release:

18 September 2018

Finalists in PETA Contest Will Battle for Top Honours and Prize Package Worth Hundreds of Dollars

Hobart – What does Hobart local Portia D’Anverrs have in common with Miley Cyrus, Courtney Act, and Morgan Mitchell? They’re all sizzling, sexy vegans! The doctor, powerlifter, and fitness model competitor beat out numerous other entrants to become one of four female finalists in PETA’s Australia’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018.

The photo is available here.

D’Anverrs grew up on a cattle farm before being exposed to the horrors of an abattoir at 10 years of age. During her time at medical school, she “learnt the terrible health risks of meat, dairy, and saturated fat”. She says, “I also looked more into the dairy and battery-hen industries and decided that I didn’t want to contribute to the industrialised torture of defenceless, sentient, beautiful animals. I became vegan and have never looked back.”

“There’s nothing more attractive than someone who is committed to helping animals and the environment, and it doesn’t hurt that vegans are, on average, healthier and more energetic than their meat-eating peers,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Each one of the finalists in PETA’s contest is a living example of the strength and vitality that can come from vegan eating.”

To see photographs and biographies of all the belles and beaux selected as finalists, click here. The two winners of the annual contest – modelled, in part, after PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrities contest, which has honoured actor Liam Hemsworth, Today Extra host David Campbell, Olympian Morgan Mitchell, and reality star Courtney Act – will each receive a total prize package valued at over $600. The package includes a three-month Vegan Mystery Box subscription from The Cruelty Free Shop, a 12-month subscription to The Australian Vegan Magazine, and either a six-week online vegan wellness course with health coach Paige Renshaw of The Whole Connection or a Luna & Soul Active yoga set and a Holster shoe voucher.

This year’s winners will be chosen based on several factors, including their activism for animals, and will be announced by 13 October. See the full contest details here.

D’Anverrs is available for interviews. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.