MANILA, Philippines – Former beauty queen Sandra Seifert on Wednesday was named the country’s sexiest vegetarian celebrity for 2012 after topping a poll by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.
Seifert, who won the Miss Philippines Earth pageant in 2009, bested Delara vocalist Lougee Basabas, FHM cover girl Alicia Mayer, singer Geneva Cruz and actress Yasmien Kurdi for the title, which was based on votes on the website PETAAsiaPacific.com.
Actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez, actor Raymond Bagatsing, columnists Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and RJ Ledesma, and international stars Natalie Portman, Russell Brand at Leona Lewis were also considered.
Seifert, a long-time vegetarian, recently appeared topless for an advertisement for PETA with the tagline “Save the Planet, Go Vegetarian.”
Seifert said raising animals for food has a negative effect on the environment.
“Sa dami ng mga alternatibo para sa karne, napakadali nang tamasahin ang masasarap na pagkain habang nakakatulong sa mga hayop at sa daigdig. Ang pagiging vegetarian ang pinaka-mahusay na dapat gawin upang mailigtas ang planeta,” she said in a statement.
PETA Asia vice president Jason Baker praised Seifert’s decision to become a vegetarian, saying vegetarianism not only helps the environment but is also healthy.
“At siya rin ang nabubuhay na patunay na ang pagiging vegan ay nakaka-ganda ng katawan,” Baker said.