A Bolingbrook baker has been named PETA's "Sexiest Vegan Next Door."
Yerika Sojo beat out nine other female finalists in PETA's annual contest, which was limited to vegans for the first time this year.
Sojo is a model, substance-abuse counselor and professional baker. Her Azucar Vegan Bakery is known for its creative line of vegan cupcakes in Latin tropical flavors.
She spent her childhood in the San Juan area of Puerto Rico and also lived in Chicago for 10 years. Sojo will receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of HumaneTrip.com.
"Yerika is as attractive on the inside as she is on the outside because she has chosen a lifestyle that's kind to animals, the planet, and her own health," says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. "The more people get to know her, the more likely they are to say, 'No, thanks,' to the chicken nuggets and cow's milk, and that's a good thing for everyone."
Sojo enjoys defending animals. She once went naked at a high-profile PETA protest.
"I like when people … come to me and ask me, 'How can I be vegan like you? What can I do to help animals? Can you help me become vegetarian?' All questions that I love to hear."
Sojo says that after she went vegetarian, she had more energy and fewer colds. She also says that she sleeps better at night because "My body and my conscience are clean."
What does this sultry and compassionate woman, who tries to visit Puerto Rico every year to see her mother and other relatives, look for in a man? "A gentleman, and in my book that means a guy who respects all sentient beings. By doing that, he respects himself, too. To me, that is hot!"
Winners were selected based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here.
Editor's note: This article was submitted by PETA.