Everybody has a guilty pleasure, and for Natalie Guarna itâ€™s pornâ€”FOOD porn! A Newtown, Pennsylvania native, Guarna combined her love for music and food and created an Instagram account that features original pictures of food.
Two years ago, Guarna and her cousin, Lori, founded @music2mymouth. Every Instagram caption uses lyrics from popular, sappy love songs because Guarna is truly â€œsinging love songsâ€ to her food.
â€œThe account started almost as an inside joke between my cousin and me. We come from a food-crazed family. We obsess over what we ate last weekend, what weâ€™re going to eat next, and what we wish we could eat,â€ Guarna says.
â€œAs far as coming up with the name, @music2mymouth, we thought of every phrase and clichÃ© about music that we could and tried to make it relate to food. Finally, we thought of â€˜music to my earsâ€™ and boom, we had a name.â€
In addition to her popular Instagram page, Guarna is involved in various clubs here at Penn State. She is currently the president for Penn Stateâ€™s Operation Smile chapter, which is an organization dedicated to raising money to provide safe surgeries for children born with cleft lips and cleft palettes.
She has also taken her knack for social media and is a marketer for Penn Stateâ€™s Spoon University, where she helps grow the pageâ€™s Instagram following. Guarna is double majoring in advertising and psychology and minoring in international studies.
â€œWhen I first started this account, I was a little ashamed of it. As silly as it was, I felt vulnerable, saying â€˜this is something I like and am putting energy towards.â€™ Itâ€™s hard to put yourself outÂ there, even online,â€ she says.
Guarna says the most important factor in taking a good picture is the lighting.
â€œOnÂ @music2mymouth we only post pictures with natural lighting. This can be tough since most restaurants are dimly lit. When Iâ€™m feeling bold, I ask for a seat near the window. When Iâ€™m feeling really bold, I actually take my food outside,â€ she says.
The most viral pictures, according to Guarna, are the ones of food that are melting, sizzling, or oozing!
Guarna and her cousin have turned @music2mymouth into a successful and multifaceted brand. Supplementary to their Instagram page, they frequently post articles and videos to their blog, Â They recently made a video where they asked older people whether or not they knew what food porn was.
This past summer, Guarna interned for Food Network in New York City in their ad sales department where she learned everything from digital content creation and studio production to talent scouting. After graduating this May, she plans on continuing her passion for food and digital media.
I think we can all relate to Guarna when she says, â€œAs an impending college graduate, I feel like a hungry diner in line for an all-you-can-eat buffet: Iâ€™m both terrified and exhilarated by the options in front of me.â€
Guarna encourages anyone who has thought about creating an Instagram to go for it!
â€œInstagram is a great place to show off your skills or to be funny or to flaunt the donut you ate this morning. Itâ€™s really just as simple as creating an account,â€ she says. â€œThe people who I look up to, who I think are the coolest, are people who have hobbies and interests and obsessions â€” people who pursue them unabashedly.â€