Emilie Hebert — People to Watch 2018

How you know her: If you’re one of her 60,000 followers on Instagram, she’s probably convinced you to try a vegan recipe or two with her mouthwatering food photography

Not every college student can say they own a six-figure business before even earning their degree. But Emilie Hebert is not your average college student.

Only two years after starting her vegan blog Emilie Eats, she landed collaborations with national brands like Quaker, Silk and Pure Leaf. 

The LSU public relations senior has nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram. Despite being a full-time student, she manages to update her social media pages and blog with new content every week. Posting colorful images of coconut and pomegranate pancakes and vegan pot pies, she shows her followers how to create vegan spins on traditional recipes. Her focus is making the dishes accessible by using familiar ingredients to make healthier versions of staples.

“My main goal is not to turn anyone vegan, but it’s to encourage people to put more plants on their plate,” the 21-year-old says. “That makes me the happiest person.” emilieeats.com


1. Hebert became vegan just two months before she started her blog. She attributes her love for fruits and vegetables to her mom for always making sure she had balanced meals.

2. She was crowned Miss LSU her sophomore year. Hebert used her platform to advocate against body shaming and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

3. She published an e-book, Vegan on a Budget. She shares more than 20 healthy and affordable vegan meals, snacks and dessert recipes in the book. It also includes grocery lists, budgeting tips and meal plans.

4. She jots recipe ideas as notes in her iPhone. The long list of recipes are inspired by meals she ate as a child.

5. Hebert not only creates and styles her recipes, she also photographs them. Setting aside weekends to cook and shoot her dishes, she says her blog is the perfect combination of all of her passions: vegan food, photography, graphic design and social media.

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This article was originally published in theJanuary 2018 issue of 225 Magazine.