Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yerika now resides in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where she whips up delicious vegan cupcakes at her bakery, Azucar Vegan Bakery. With mouthwatering cupcake flavors such as the Colombiano Coffee and Chocolate Amor, she says she is "[s]aving the world one cupcake at a time."
There's also much more to this multifaceted beauty: Yerika is also a makeup artist, photographer, dental assistant, and substance-abuse counselor. Another one of her many talents is advocating for animal rights. Yerika says, "I like when people—strangers, friends, or family—come to me and ask me, 'How can I be vegan like you? What can I do to help animals?'" Yerika once convinced a friend to go vegan on the spot after teaching her about the horrible abuses suffered by pigs on factory farms.
Location: Wakefield, Rhode Island
John from Wakefield, Rhode Island, torched the competition to become the Sexiest Vegan Next Door for 2013. When this firefighter isn't putting out blazes, you might find him cooking vegan meals for his fellow firefighters at the Warwick Fire Department. John has even convinced a few other firefighters to go vegan, too!
Following the advice of his doctor, John decided to ditch all animal products in order to avoid heart disease. John reports that his cholesterol dropped considerably to 141 and continues to remain at a healthy level. And he says, "[A]ll of the little health annoyances I lived with for years have pretty much disappeared as well. … I feel as good as I've ever felt in my life."