Spikes adopted the vegan lifestyle after reading the book Skinny Bitch, and felt the need to combat a hereditary predisposition to heart disease.
Spikes is also active in promoting healthy eating habits around Chicago, although she admits that a vegetarian diet isn't necessarily for everyone. But her goal is to target and educate young adults and low-income communities who seldom have access to healthier food choices.
"Winning would give me a great platform for veganism and vegetarianism," Spikes said. There's a lot of misinformation out there, and a lot of people are afraid of the unknown, so I would hope it would garner enough interest for people to give it a try."
"I think my chances are pretty good," Spikes said. "I got voted with a very modest picture among some other women with some very sexy poses. I think a lot of people will vote for me."