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Model and student become finalists in hottest vegans contest

SHORTLISTED: Alex Christofides

A STUDENT and a model have been named finalists of this year's Hottest Vegan competition.

Alex Christofides, 30 and Naomi Djese, 22, beat out other entrants to become two of eight finalists in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) Hottest Vegan Competition 2016.

Djese initially went vegan to experience many of the health benefits that come along with a plant-based diet. "I wanted to eat to live", she explained.

Currently a student, Djese cooks vegan food for her friends and family to show them "that being vegan isn't boring".

A model and photographer, Christofides went vegan after a lifetime of eating meat took its toll on his health as well as out of concern for animal suffering. "I have always loved animals", he said about his decision to go vegan.

"I have never looked back and continue to learn and love being vegan."

FINALIST: Naomi Djese

Two winners - one female and one male - will each receive a one-night stay for two at the luxury boutique hotel La Suite West in London, which will include a vegan breakfast as well as a dinner prepared by vegan Head Chef Nik Heartland at its animal-free restaurant, RAW.

Voting on the finalists to help PETA determine the winners will run until June 17.

"Vegans are, on average, slimmer and healthier and have more energy than their meat-eating peers – plus, there's nothing hotter than compassion", said PETA director Mimi Bekhechi.

"All the finalists are already winners because they eat delicious, healthy foods that don't harm a hair, feather or fin on an animal's body."

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