Alma Andrea Moza Carmona, mostly known as Andrea Meza, is a Mexican Model and beauty pageant who was just crowned Miss Universe 2020. The 26-year-old was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and is a software engineer as well as a vegan, she is also an advocate for women’s rights. She became a vegan for both animal and environmental reasons. 

During the ceremony, Meza stated, “We live in a society that is increasingly advanced and just as we have advanced as a society we have also advanced in stereotypes. Today beauty does not only lie in how we see ourselves, for me, but the beauty also lies in our spirit, soul, and values ??as we handle ourselves. Never allow someone to tell you that you have no value.” 

Other than being an activist, Meza also owns her own activewear brand called Andrea Meza Activewear, an athletic brand she created for women which will launch its first items soon. This is supported by one of her interests in extreme sports such as sandboarding. 

In addition, she also likes to share some of her favorite recipes such as watermelon ceviche, tofu salad, and granola bowl. In a statement released by Miss Universe, Meza added: “It is a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown. And, I hope to serve the world through my advocacy for equality in the year to come and beyond.” 

Another good news also comes from Indonesia, Sophia Rogan, who on Thursday, May 20, 2021, has just been crowned the winner of Miss Grand Indonesia 2021, is a vegan. In one of her interviews, this British-born woman stated that her interest in participating in the Miss Grand Indonesia contest was because she had many things to say, such as climate change, forest destruction, water consumption, water pollution, world hunger, land use, and wildlife extinctions. 

"I believe that Miss Grand Indonesia provides me with a platform where I can use my voice to secure the goals that I hold dear to my heart," said Sophia. She also added, "I will talk about the various environmental issues associated with the vegan lifestyle."

It’s another win for plant-based and vegan communities for another public figure who carries the spirit to fight for animal welfare and the sustainability of the environment. With the growing numbers of people becoming more aware of the environment, this will be a pretty big booster for other public figures.