Many assume Latorya Watts comes from an athletic background, but truth is working out and eating right hasn’t always been a priority of hers. It wasn’t until Latoryas’ mid 20s where she developed an interest in fitness and decided to join a gym. A few years before Latoryas’ very first competition she was approached in the gym and was handed a flyer to the NPC Las Vegas Classic. Then and there Watts was introduced to this sport and organization.
In 2009, Latorya competed in her first competition in the bikini division. She won the show, but was told she had a bit too much muscle for a bikini competitor and no longer placed well in this division. A year or so after, Watts made the decision to hire a coach and she began working with Manuel Torres who helped her to cross over into figure. In 2011, Watts made her figure debut.
In July of 2013, Latorya earned her IFBB pro card by winning overall in figure at the prestigious NPC USA Championships in Las Vegas. Watts went on to win her first pro show and a qualification to the 2014 Mr. Olympia where she placed fifth. The following year she received invitations to the 2015 Arnold Classic and 2015 Arnold Classic Australia, placing in the top five.
Latorya made history at the 2015 Mr. Olympia as being the first African-American woman to win the Ms. Figure Olympia title. Watts was then reassured at that very moment, the hard work, dedication and years of sacrifice her coach and her put towards her dream had all been worth it. Watts was crowned the figure winner for both the 2016 Arnold Classic and 2016 Arnold Classic Australia, once again making history.