Vietnamese model Truong Thi May has been named Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity under the campaign Pledge to Be Veg for 30 Days launched by the NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) Asia Pacific.
May was first runner-up in the Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2007 and Miss Photogenic Vietnam 2006 contests. She also represented Vietnam at the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2013.
According to May, a Buddhist, vegetarian foods are natural and pure, easy to digest, and bring a sense of peace and relaxation to diner.
"Being a vegetarian helps me to avoid cholesterol; my hair and skin are a lot healthier, and I feel younger. It also teaches me compassion toward animals by not killing them for food," she said.
Meanwhile, Wu Xiubo, one of the highest-paid actors in China, received the title in the men's category.
Wu is most widely known for his role in the movie Finding Mr. Right and in the TV series Before the Dawn, for which he has won many awards, including the Most Popular Actor and Best Actor titles at the China TV Golden Eagle Awards.
Other vegetarian celebrities in the running include 141 women and 130 men. Vietnamese celebrities include May, Viet Trinh and Vo Ha Tram in women’s category and Dai Nghia, Thanh Bach and Ha Okia in men’s.
Other popular contenders in the poll include Australian swimsuit models Renee Somerfield, Ellie Gonsalves, and Sheridyn Fisher; musicians Faye Wong and Khalil Fong; model-turned-Hollywood hottie Maggie Q; Filipina beauty queen Mary Jean Lastimosa; and actors Abbie Cornish and Sophie Monk.
PETA is urging people to join the campaign to go vegetarian for 30 days by signing the pledge on its website. It also offers recipes and tips on making the switch to a vegetarian diet.