Ilford make-up artist named UK’s sexiest vegan

PUBLISHED: 16:24 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:24 22 July 2015

Anna Solaiman, from Ilford, is the UK's sexiest vegan.

Anna Solaiman, from Ilford, is the UK's sexiest vegan.

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Anna Solaiman, of Cranbrook Rise, Ilford, was announced as the UK and Ireland’s sexiest female vegan earlier today.

Anna Solaiman, from Ilford, is the UK's sexiest vegan.Anna Solaiman, from Ilford, is the UK's sexiest vegan.

The make-up artist and model received the most votes out of the four semi-finalists in the animal welfare charity PETA’s competition, and won out of more than 100 entrants in total.

The 29-year-old entered the competition to show people that being a vegan can be sexy and glamorous, but said “winning was a complete surprise”.

Anna continued: “It is absolutely amazing, they just called me this morning.

“I had no idea, everyone in the semi-final was stunning. I carried on speaking from the heart with my own voice.”

PETA said she was chosen for her enthusiasm in promoting veganism and suitability for the role of spokesperson.

The model explained in particular she wanted to raise awareness for animal products in cosmetics.

Anna said: “My main focus will be cruelty to animals in the cosmetics industry.

“The best thing about winning is having a voice for the animals.”

The animal lover also told the Recorder about another plan in the pipeline.

She said: “Ages ago I wanted to open a vegan pop up and this could help kick start that.

“It would be nice to do something like that in the local area.”

Ilford can look forward to trying some of Anna’s home made tofu quiches and black bean burgers soon.

Along with the title she will receive a one night stay and vegan breakfast for two at a hotel in London, as well as dinner from the hotel’s vegan restaurant, RAW.

Welsh chemistry student Cynfelyn Nancarrow-Lei won the men’s competition.

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