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Meet the Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 Winners

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The results are in! It was a tight race, but our Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 winners are Dr. Barry Taylor and Carlyn Montes De Oca.

Life may begin at 50, but compassion for animals can start at any age, as Carlyn and Barry, who have a combined 52 years of not eating animals, can attest.

Carlyn’s path to becoming to a vegetarian was set as a child when her family visited friends in her father’s native Mexico. The friends insisted on slaughtering a pig in honor of their arrival, and despite Carlyn’s desperate pleas to spare the pig’s life, she was soon presented with a plate of pork rinds, which she tearfully refused. Years later, as a college student, she went vegetarian for good.

For Barry, it was a “meats” course that was required for his veterinary degree that pushed him over the edge. “[T]he cold stark reality of looking into the eyes and souls of animals which were about to be killed for no other reason than a human’s pleasure was more than I could handle,” he recalls.

Dr. Barry Taylor

Now, besides saving animals each time they sit down to eat, Carlyn and Barry are both ambassadors for animals in other areas of their lives. Carlyn donates a percentage of her earnings from her acupuncture company, Modern Alchemy, to animal rescue organizations. She also convinced her hair salon to use cruelty-free products and leaves PETA pamphlets in department store bathrooms. “I don’t wear wool, silk, or leather or use anything tested on animals, whether for cleaning, skin care, or beauty,” she says. “I don’t believe in laboratory testing in any form and instead would prefer to promote natural products, supplements, herbs, or using food as medicine to achieve optimal health.”

As a veterinarian, Barry also uses his practice to advocate for animals, including a self-funded, low-cost spay-and-neuter program. He says, “I do not work with breeders or with clients who refuse to have their animals altered. Our clinic displays only PETA … and other animal rights literature and eschews the free literature sent out by breed clubs, [American Kennel Club] publications, and purebred magazines. … I think it is also very important that I maintain high visibility as a vegan veterinarian. There are surprisingly few veterinarians who choose a non-violent diet. Honestly, this disappoints me greatly, and I am hoping that the next generation of vets will see this as more important than the current one does.”

Carlyn Montes De Oca

For constantly striving to end cruelty to animals and for their sexiness resulting from a cruelty-free diet, Carlyn and Barry have certainly earned the title of Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50. And how do they feel about the win? Carlyn says, “Today sexy goes beyond appearance. Sexy is an attitude that embodies a passion for life and living. Sexy exudes vitality and optimal health, not just on a physical level, but in mind and spirit as well. Sexy is walking into a room and having heads turn to look at you not just because you look great but because your energy is intoxicating and magnetic. Sexy is owning your own power and speaking your truth. And ultimately, sexy is doing something great for the world with your time and with the resources you have been given.” She concludes, “I may not be able to save every animal, I won’t be able to change every human heart towards a more compassionate way of living, but I’m willing to try. And that’s sexy.”

We couldn’t agree more.


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  • Congratulations….
    We are all lucky, we save the Planet (not Brazilian deforestation), the animals and we are in good health!!!!
    Claudia Lulkin from Brazil

  • I want to thank everyone for their comments and support. Over the last week I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the other contestants in person and by the internet and I just want to say what an amazing and inspiring group of people they are. Beauty in this case, is definitely not skin deep. Everyone has demonstrated a genuine support for me and my mission to end animal cruelty and I’m quite moved by the powerful work, intention and commitment they demonstrate to the same cause in their own unique ways.
    For the love of all animals,
    Carlyn Montes De Oca L.Ac

  • Barry Taylor says:

    Thank you for the kind words. I would just like to respond to Patty’s comments, which I think are completely understandable, by saying that there are a lot of misconceptions about vegetarians/vegans. The view of the skinny, unhealthy vegan is still the prevailing view of our culture, at least our media culture. When PETA presents beautiful vegetarians from the performing arts, people may think, “well, they have nutritionists and cosmetic surgery to thank”. Carlyn and I, as vegans for more than 30 years each, demonstrate that a vegan diet and exercise will keep you healthy and fit without any artificial enhancements. A very big part of my vegan outreach is to show that a 52 year old vegan can be muscular and masculine, in the same way that Robert Cheeke, Billy Simmonds and many others work to show you that younger vegans can compete in bodybuilding or any of a number of other sports at the highest level.
    My focus is to convince as many people as possible to switch to a compassionate vegan diet. For the environment, for human hunger issues, and especially for the animals’ sake. If some people decide to switch to a vegan diet because it will keep them healthy and vital well into their later years, that’s great. The animals don’t care why they switched, they’re just happy they did. And so are we.
    doc (Barry) Taylor

  • Patty Bowers says:

    Both are beautiful people but why in this day and age are we still emphasizing youth and beauty? Wouldn’t our money, time and efforts be better spent on relieving the suffering of animals more INSTEAD? It’s time to GET OVER this youth and beauty superficial nonsense and stop buying into it! Why are we STILL buying into this cultural pathos that causes so much suffering and anxiety for so many women and men? Lets FOCUS on our CAUSE and mission instead! THANK YOU!

  • Darris says:

    Congratulations to Carlyn and Barry! Two very ‘sexy’ advocates for animals! Thanks for all you do!

  • Dr. Philip Hordiner says:

    This says it all…Sexy, healthy, and compassionate.

  • Ellie says:

    Congratulations! You are great! Well deserved!

  • Mavis Tavis says:

    PETA is a great organization. It’s in my will, I support it completely, including its advocacy for a vegetarian life-style, etc.
    I wish, however, that the two winners at least looked like they were over 50. Is sexy the same thing as looking young?

  • Laura Guttridge says:

    Awesome winners! Congrats!

  • Kathryn says:

    Congratulations, Carlyn! As a peer of Carlyn’s, I can attest to her passion and truly living a life of health and compassion towards both animals and people, successfully striving to improve the life and health of both “creatures”. Your energy, vitality and passion ARE sexy! Well deserved “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50”!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Taylor and Carlyn – best wishes as you continue to advocate a cruelty free lifestyle – that’s definitely sexy!

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