Latoya Snell

Photographer, Chef, and Writer in Brooklyn, New York

Latoya Snell

Photographer, Chef, and Writer in Brooklyn, New York

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Latoya Shauntay Snell is a marathoner, ultra-marathoner, obstacle course racer, novice cyclist and yogi enthusiast from Brooklyn, NY. By profession, she is a freelance chef, photographer, contributing writer to several platforms such as The Root and Huffington Post and founder of Running Fat Chef, a personal and uncensored fitness and food blog about her experiences in a very judgmental society. In October 2012, she was diagnosed with sciatica, a herniated disc and disc degeneration and was forced to go into physical therapy, risking her career in the culinary field. While going through moderate level depression, she decided to improve her life for the better in May 2013 by documenting her weight loss journey through various social media platforms.

Latoya has been featured on multiple platforms such as Redbook Magazine in May 2014 during the peak of her weight loss and as well as on BuzzFeed Health highlighting influential plus size athletes and recently gone viral from a personal narrative she wrote for The Root about being heckled at The NYC Marathon.

Within a four year span, she has completed over 70 running events, earned over 50 finisher medals and has been an active accountability buddy to several people within a short time. She has been featured on several podcasts and stimulates heavy conversations about body positivity, fat shaming, debunking myths about weight loss and confidence building. She is working on several projects, striving to attain certifications in nutrition, fitness instruction and grooming herself to become a life coach, as well as venturing off to her next adventure: Becoming a triathlete.

  • Work
    • E. Snell Design
  • Education
    • Star Career Academy of NY
    • LaGuardia Community College