A Walking Virtue was created by model turned photographer, Latoya Hawthorne. Latoya was teased while growing up. She always dreamed big but surrounded herself with folks that looked down on her dreams. Latoya endured years of physical and emotional pain while she lived in New York. She was in a relationship with a partner that abused her for four years. She escaped and moved to Los Angeles, CA for a chance to restart. Little did she know her trauma would follow her to Los Angeles. This trauma turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Latoya continued to press through all of her challenges and pursued her dreams to become a model. She then pursued photography because she enjoyed the mystery of the storytelling behind the lens. Latoya photographed many women that had similar stories like her that led them to unleash their creativity. Because of the stigma surrounding abused women, Latoya decided to start telling these stories of triumph. She started off by volunteering at schools with at-risk youth. She spoke on the importance of having great relationships to have a healthy lifestyle. She then started to volunteer at local non-profits for women. She found herself surrounded by many creative women, also with similar paths in life. She was inspired by their stories and their dreams. These women simply lost touch with their social network because of domestic violence, trauma, mental health concerns, or the loss of a job or a loved one. Latoya’s goal is to reconnect these women and share their stories of triumph.
Latoya founded A Walking Virtue in 2011. The mission of A Walking Virtue is to empower women overcoming adversity to live a life of love through creative expression. A Walking Virtue features the stories of women creatives who have turned their struggles into success.