MANILA, Philippines – Ten Filipinos were nominated for the "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" award of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia.
They are sexy cover girls Alicia Mayer, Geneva Cruz and Juliana Palermo, young actress Yasmien Kurdi, models Isabel Roces and Raya Mananquil, DeLara vocalist Lougee Basabas, actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez, and actors Carlos Agassi and Raymond Bagatsing.
A total of 300 contestants are in the running for the award. Among them are Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis, singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, actress Portia de Rossi, Hollywood stars Hayden Panettiere, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Milo Ventimiglia, and Asian star Barbie Hsu.
The public may vote for their favorites by visiting PETAAsiaPacific.com until June 23, but the winner will ultimately be selected by the animal rights group "in its sole and absolute discretion".
"When you look at the more than 300 gorgeous contestants in this year's poll, it's clear that there can be no bones about it -- a vegetarian diet makes you beautiful, inside and out," PETA Asia vice president for international operations Jason Baker said in a statement.
"After all, going vegetarian is the best thing that you can do for animals, the earth, and yourself. Plus, everyone knows that there's nothing sexier than someone who exudes both passion and compassion."
The "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" contest is part of PETA Asia's efforts to encourage people to stop eating meat.
The group said healthy vegetarian diets can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.