For Immediate Release:
1 July 2011
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Tens of Thousands of Votes Were Cast to Help PETA Asia Pick the Winners on PETAAsiaPacific.com
Mumbai – Bollywood hottie Shahid Kapoor has won the title of Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Man for 2011 after a fierce battle on PETAAsiaPacific.com. Singer Faye Wong has been crowned Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Woman. Other popular contenders include Bollywood film heavyweights Kareena Kapoor and R. Madhavan, model-turned-Hollywood hottie Maggie Q and Mongolian singer Nominjin, Taiwanese actor Blue Lan, Super Girl Jane Zhang, actors Gao Yuanyuan and Barbie Hsu, and songwriter Louis Cheung.
Favourite celebs from outside the continent include actors Natalie Portman, Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia; fighting champion Jake Shields and singers Anthony Kiedis (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Leona Lewis.
Shahid recently starred in an adorable ad campaign for PETA India extolling one of the many benefits of a plant-based diet: “Chicks Love a Vegetarian”. Kapoor who won PETA India’s Sexiest Vegetarian contest in 2009 received the 2003 Filmfare Award for a Debut Film for his appearance in his Ishq Vishk. His films –Kaminey, Badmash Company Jab We Met and Vivah– have all been hits.
“I have always supported the cause of being a vegetarian, and it’s nice to be felicitated for something so close to my heart”, says Kapoor.”Being voted as sexy is a matter of perception, but being vegetarian is a lifestyle change and something that comes from a sense of responsibility.”
Having been crowned literally every highest award for Chinese female singers, Wong is publicly referred to as the “diva of Asia”. Returning to the stage at the end of last year, every concert on her Asia tour has been very well attended. In the first “Chinese Spiritual Billionaires Award” published at Peking University in April 2011, Wong was also crowned the top ten “Spiritual Billionaires”.
“There’s no easier way to put passion into your life than to put compassion into your diet”, says PETA Asia Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “Going vegetarian is the best thing that you can do for animals, the Earth and your health. Plus, there’s no easier way to stay slim and sexy – and Faye Wong and Shahid Kapoor are living proof.”
The complete list of vegetarian celebrities who were in the running in this year’s poll is available on PETAAsiaPacific.com.