Courtney Stodden Will Storm Capitol Hill in a Lettuce Bikini

The plus side: She’s giving away free veggie dogs.

Wednesday won’t be the first time 19-year-old Courtney Stodden dons a lettuce-like bikini for PETA. Photograph by Helga Esteb/

Free food typically sells itself. But just to make sure, faux-lebrity Courtney Stodden will be giving away vegetarian hot dogs on Capitol Hill in a bikini of “strategically placed lettuce leaves” on Wednesday, according to a release by PETA. The television personality, most widely known for marrying 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison at 16, is partnering with the organization for its annual Veggie Dog Giveaway.

Stodden’s appearance won’t be the first time a leafy lady has advocated meat-free living on the Hill. The veggie bikini is becoming part of PETA’s yearly protest against the American Meat Institute’s hot dog lunch on National Hot Dog Day.

Should you care to g̶a̶w̶k̶ support PETA and grab a free dog, Stodden will be in the Rayburn House Office Building courtyard on Wednesday at noon. We’re hoping the AMI will beef up its publicity campaign and send Teen Mom’s Jenelle Evans to counter-protest in a sausage Speedo.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.