Sex and the vegan

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 12:00am

Rising mainland star Zeng Li is leading pop diva Faye Wong in the poll for Asia's sexiest vegetarian.

'I'm very happy about [leading the poll]. It's an encouragement to see that people support my choice to become a vegan,' she said.

Li (right) said she went vegan three years ago. 'At first I did it to lose weight. I'd heard that you could lose weight on a vegetarian diet, so I started and never went back.'

Her new diet not only helps her to keep in perfect shape - she also noticed a huge difference inside and out. 'I feel much better spiritually and physically ... I'm happy to be doing something good for the environment by eating a vegetarian diet,' she said, '[Once] I stopped eating meat and eggs, I noticed a drastic change in the texture of my hair. It became really silky and lost all that frizziness. Lots of people think that I've gone to have my hair professionally treated.'

The Hubei-born, Beijing-based actress and model has featured on the covers on Maxim, FHM and other magazines and is now a fixture on mainland prime-time TV.

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) says Faye Wong is running a close second behind Li in the poll. Wong is back in the limelight, having performed in a CCTV fund-raiser last Sunday for Sichuan quake victims.

The poll, open until June 16, promotes the benefits of a green diet, which Peta says improves health, combats global warming and stops cruelty to animals.