Being the Cutest Vegan
So, what makes a vegan the CUTEST vegan?
Well, we can leave that opinion to the beholder! Some of you may already know that Peta2, the youth branch for P.E.T.A, holds a “Cutest Vegan Alive” contest once a year. If you are a vegan, and would like a chance to win, you should definitely give it a shot. Before I link you to the site, I want you to know that it’s completely possible, and there is a bit of online criticism that comes with the territory just like anything else on the internet.
In the summer of 2013, I actually won the “Cutest Vegan Alive” contest for Males. The winner in each category (Male & Female) we’re to be given a free professional photo shoot and a free ad.
There have been many different articles about my victory written by Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, PETA, Newsminer (Fairbanks, AK), and Peta2. These are just some of the positive things you can get from your win.
Since I’m in the military, I obviously had some negative feedback about being a “hypocrite.”
There are a few people out there that are never willing to have an open mind, and are so quick to jump to conclusions while blinded by misinterpreted information. Even though there were a few negative sallies causing a shit storm, I had the inspiration to keep the vegan message going. For every bad comment, there were double the amount of positive replies.
These are just a few of the positive comments I got when I told my minor issue I have with being vegan in the military. If you would like to read about my experience, here’s a link:Being Vegan in the Military.
I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to have the ability to take part in a wonderful movement such as veganism simply by avoiding products and foods made from animals. PETA has given me the chance to grow my voice as an activist, so you should go ahead and give it a shot! The winners for “Cutest Vegans Alive 2014” have been chosen already, but you should keep an eye out for when the contest opens up for 2015 contestants. Here’s a link to the contest that updates when a new contest arrives: Cutest Vegan Alive Contest Details.
I just want to give a huge thanks to Rachelle Owen and Annie Leal who worked through Peta2 to make this possible for me. I know my impact was small, but any progress makes that much more of a difference. I couldn’t have had these opportunities without Peta2 and the people who voted for me. I believe that many more vegans have different ways they can help, so please take this chance to try something new.