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  • And the Hottest Vegetarians of 2011 Are …

    Written by Kriti-S

    Garnering an overwhelming public response, generating headlines and inspiring numerous celebrity tweets, PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian contest couldn't have been more successful. So hold your breath – the verdict is in!

    We proudly present to you PETA's Hottest Vegetarians of 2011 (drum roll, please). The winners are Mallika Sherawat and Dhanush! Other top competitors included Sonu Sood, Shahid Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Kareena Kapoor.

    Dhanush, who created a kolaveri across the country and abroad when millions of people went bonkers over his song "Why This Kolaveri Di?", is also a sweetheart to animals. He says, "Being a vegetarian always made me feel healthy. I've always felt light. Every time I sit down to eat, I'm helping the environment".

    The winner in the female category, Mallika Sherawat, the mallika of Bollywood, has a sexy body that makes many go red with envy, but the secret to her fabulous figure is a green diet. Mallika, who is a vegan, says that the best part about being a vegetarian is having a "clear conscience".

    All we can say is that there's nothing sexier than someone who exudes passion and compassion – and our winners have plenty of both. What say you?

    Thank you to all the people who voted for their favourite stars. Keep visiting our website for more interesting contests and to find out how you can win cool prizes.

    The winners were chosen by PETA India on the basis of the following equally considered factors: the total number of votes each celebrity received, each celebrity's potential to reach a large audience and PETA India's assessment of each celebrity's attractiveness.

  • The Hottest Vegetarian Celebs of 2011 … So Far

    Written by PETA

    Actors Vivek Oberoi and Vidya Balan are frontrunners for the title of PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2011. Shortly after the poll was posted, both stars started raking in the votes. The very talented Oberoi helped reconstruct an entire village during the South Asian tsunami, sponsors the surgeries for children who need them but cannot afford them, and is an anti-tobacco ambassador. Clearly, Oberoi's beauty is not just skin deep. He went vegetarian after watching a video on the violent and painful deaths that animals endure at slaughterhouses. He has said, "I realised I do not want to be hypocritical …. To turn vegetarian was a conscious decision".

    Vidya Balan, too, has a healthy heart of gold. With a bagful of accolades for her sensational performance in movie The Dirty Picture, Vidya was reported to have said, "I am vegetarian. As a result, my metabolism has improved, and this is a huge contributor to weight loss".

    Hot on their heels are Sonu Sood, Dhanush, Shahid Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Mallika Sherawat, Kareena Kapoor, Hema Malini and Ayesha Takia.

    You have until 10 January 2012 to help keep Oberoi and Vidya in the lead or choose your favourite sexy star instead. The winners will be declared by the end of January 2012, so don't forget to vote. More importantly, go vegetarian like your favourite celeb. The winner will be chosen by PETA on the basis of the following equally-considered factors: the total number of votes each celebrity receives; their potential to reach a large audience; PETA’s assessment of the celebrities’ attractiveness.

    Vegans enjoy lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and impotence than meat-eaters do. Going vegetarian or vegan will save the lives of many animals per year and is the most effective way that you can combat climate change.

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