Girl(s) you need to know: Your Influencer Awards Food and Culture finalists

By now you’ll know all about the Miss FQ Colgate Optic White Influencer Awards, and while voting has closed, the VIP party on October 4th revealing the amazing winners is just around the corner! But before then, we want to introduce the top Kiwi bloggers, vloggers and ’grammers killing it online as chosen by you! Here are your favourite influencers in the Food and Culture category brought to you by Colgate Optic White:

Julia and Libby Matthews | @juliaandlibby

Sisters and published authors Julia and Libby are the ultimate wholefoods and holistic nutrition inspiration. They keep it real with the occasional treat tossed in for good measure (because, we’re all human, duh!) and set the bar high in achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Their down-to-earth approach makes them super relatable and a no-brainer go-to when it comes to making food choices. “I especially LOVE the food content; I like knowing where they go to eat because you know you can count on them for choosing something both stylish and healthy,” writes a Julia and Libby fan.

Capital Eats | @capitaleats_

Capital Eats knows where it’s at! Their Instagram feed brimming with drool-inducing food pics is the answer to your weekend (or weeknight if that’s how you roll) “what’s for dinner?” prayers, with anything and everything delicious waiting to tempt your appetite. Their on-point recommendations and dedication to bringing you the latest reviews on restaurants or new openings about town has made them the absolute destination for #foodinspiration for Wellingtonians and visitors to the city alike.

Alana and Vicky are the brains behind the account and hungry (pun most certainly intended) to keep their content authentic and 100% genuine. With 10.2k followers and growing, it’s easy to see why Capital Eats has earned its seat at the Food & Culture finalists table for the 2017 Influencer Awards.

Danijela Unkovich | @healthyalways

Nutritionist and passionate foodie Danijela Unkovich is devoted to inspiring her followers through the power of positive dietary and lifestyle changes. With her recipes primarily using wholefoods and raw ingredients prepared from scratch, while restricting processed foods, you’d be mistaken for thinking her reach would be quite limited, right? Think again. Danijela’s food photography is so delectable it has even the most avid of junk food enthusiasts subbing their Skittles for rainbow salads and steak for papaya boats. Just ask any one of her 108k followers. Holy guacamole!

Wellington Noms | @wellingnoms

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Putting their waistlines on the line, Wellingnoms’ Hannah Megennis and Kalliana Kong have set out to bring their followers the best reviews of the capital’s food and beverage industry, all with a side of sense of humour. Using their platform to inspire and recommend, Wellingnoms is certainly the Gossip Girl of the city’s culinary scene, with a nominator proclaiming: “Want ribs on a Tuesday night? They know where you should go. How about donuts on a hungover Sunday morning? They’re all over it. They take amazing food pictures and are totally honest about what they’re eating.” Um, did we just become best friends??

Lauren Meale | @nourishing.loz

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Eating well, exercising and maintaining a positive outlook is easier said than done for so many. According to Lauren Meale’s nominators, @nourishing.loz will get you out of bed every morning and entice you recreate her endless healthy meal posts (where do we sign up?!). With delicious and simple food photography and plenty of active ‘grams to boot, it’s no surprise Lauren has racked up more than 13k followers. This girl is the ultimate #healthgoals!

Remember to check in to on October 4th to find out who you chose as New Zealand’s top influencers and read all about the winners in our beautiful new issue of Miss FQ, on sale October 9th!