Ashley Frohnert beat hundreds of contestants from around the country to win the title of “Sexiest Vegan Next Door
.” The online competition was run by animal rights organization PETA and with the help of her newfound title, she hopes to become a more prominent and recognized voice for animal rights in western Pennsylvania.
“I was surprised, excited and shocked when PETA told me I won,” says Frohnert. “This contest has definitely been on a lot of my friends', family, co-workers' and acquaintances' radar and I couldn't wait to let everyone know I had won.”
Frohnert, who currently lives in Garfield, became a vegetarian in 2008 when she learned of the harsh treatment of animals in routine factory farming. Shortly after, she decided to go vegan.
“I went fully vegan after learning how the egg industry violently disposes of male chicks as well as learning of the awful lives female dairy cows live and the fate of their babies,” says Frohnert.
She hopes her newfound fame as PETA’s “Sexiest Vegan Next Door” will aid in her pursuit of helping animals.
“I have been getting many questions and inquiries about my vegan lifestyle during my quest for the Sexiest Vegan title,” Frohnert says. “I feel that winning has made even more people interested in learning more about veganism.”
Frohnert currently volunteers with local animal shelters and recently raised $1,200 for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society by completing a half-marathon. Her latest project is working with the Mayor Bill Peduto to launch a “Meatless Monday” program in Pittsburgh Public Schools cafeterias. She’s also organizing the Pittsburgh Walk for Farm Animals
, is involved with the Foie Gras Free Pittsburgh campaign organized by Voices for Animals
, and wants to make Pittsburgh a no-kill city for animal shelters.
“My hope is that bringing attention to these topics will at least get them on the city's radar for now,” she says. “Things may not change overnight, but over the next couple years we may see valuable changes helping animals.”