Truong Thi May, 25, a model, actress, strict vegetarian and devout Buddhist, poses in an ao dai. She is one of 300 nominees for the "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" title awarded by international animal rights organization "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA) this year.
Vietnamese model and actress Truong Thi May is in the running for the "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" world title this year.
The contest has been held every year since 2001 by international animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Born in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, 25-year-old May has been a strict vegetarian since she was 13. She is also a devout Buddhist who has taken part in several charity activities. She was the first runner-up in two national beauty pageants the 2006 Miss Vietnam Photogenic and 2007 Miss Ethnic Vietnam.
She has told local media that she finds vegetarian meals "simple and convenient" and that being a vegetarian helps her soul be peaceful and free.
She is among seven Vietnamese celebrities competing for this year's titles, together with MC Thanh Bach, comedian Dai Nghia and actress and director Viet Trinh.
A total of 300 artists, athletes, film directors, models and politicians have been nominated for the title this year, including film director of Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" James Cameron, former US president Bill Clinton, retired US professional boxer Mike Tyson and former Miss Universe, Indian actress and UN goodwill ambassador Lara Dutta.
Other nominees include past winners like Canadian singer Shania Twain, Hollywood actress Natalie Portman and actor Tobey Maguire and American singer and two-time title winner Carrie Underwood.
According to PETA, more and more people including celebrities are joining the vegan bandwagon as they realize the cruelty inflicted on animals and the havoc meat-eating causes to the environment and human health.
"Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment, or abuse in any way," the organization, which reportedly has more than three million members and supporters worldwide, proclaims on its website.
It said this year's winners will be selected based on several factors, including the online voting that will end June 18, one day before the announcement is made.
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