Latinx Heritage Month Feature: Giovanna Camila Herrand Sanchez
There are two things you should know about Giovanna Camila Herrand Sanchez: she’s a passionate individual, and she loves food. The Atlanta-based mother of two combined her interests (food, fitness, travel, etc.) into her Instagram account to preserve moments were capturing to reflect her passions. For Latinx Heritage Month, we asked her how she got into the industry, what it means to Latinx as a foodie, and what she hopes to see more of in the industry for the future.
How did you get into the industry? Is it a lot of hard work?
It took me years to finally tell myself, “Okay, Camila, you love finding the best food and places, why not document it?” I had many dreams, one of them being starting a blog, which I eventually did earlier this year in March. At first, it was a struggle because I was all over the place and wanted to achieve perfection: I wanted to focus on so many things at the same time, including nutrition, travel, fitness, food, and that mom life! I started with fitness and nutrition, and then finally settled into posting just food and whatever else I felt like posting. Because who cares!
What does it mean to be Latinx in this industry?
Being Latinx in this industry means everything. Being Latinx to me is a privilege. My parents worked hard for my siblings and me. They made a choice to leave their land and provide a better future for us. I am not only a Latinx, but also an American. I celebrate both cultures, but I always represent my origins; I split my time between Miami and the Dominican Republic. With that said, I know both cultures, I feel both cultures, and I enjoy being both cultures. Being a Latinx woman and a mother to two boys, I find that there is simply nothing better.
What’s something about yourself you’re most proud of?
I’m most proud of being a mother to two boys. My goal is to teach them to always be themselves and not let anyone or anything hold them back, to always get back up and try harder. I want them to see the world as it is, and understand to protect our home, to have compassion for others, and to understand the importance of gender equality. I want them to know that women and men are both capable of amazing things, be it feeling, crying, loving, raising kids, having careers, or playing a sport. So far, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of raising my children.
Who helped you get where you are today? Inspirations.. role models… parents etc.
First and foremost, my parents. As a parent myself, I now appreciate all the things they did for us, and let me tell you, they did a lot. My sisters and best friends also helped me get to where I am today because they have always been my best fans. The father of my children also helped me with my career.
What do you hope to see more in your industry?
More Hispanic food, and more Hispanic culture! Our food and our culture are too beautiful to be ignored and missed. Moving from Miami to Atlanta has been a culture shock for me since there isn’t a lot of Latinx presence in Georgia. I would love to see more diversity and have the world get a glimpse and taste of us everywhere. I would also love to see a more supportive environment in the foodie industry rather than jealousy and competition.