POPSUGAR: Your parents are Brazilian and Cuban, right?
Bianca Santos: My mom left Havana, Cuba, when she was 9 years old and ended up in Glendale, CA. My dad came to the US from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he was 30 years old. The two of them met by chance when my dad landed in LA and had a welcoming party. They didn't speak much that night at the party, but they kept running into each other. The rest is history.
PS: What role did that mix of two very different Latin cultures play for you while growing up?
BS: I think growing up the way I did, I learned to have a love for life and enjoy every moment. Both Brazilians and Cubans have this zest for life that's infectious. Dancing, eating, laughing, and enjoying people's company were always the norm. Family is so important. I knew that from a young age. I think my roots were actually very similar; they both taught me how to love life.