The term 'hot girl walk' can be traced back to TikTok user @exactlyliketheothergirls in 2021 and it has really caught on since then. Essentially just a long walk outside while looking cute and maybe listening to an inspiration podcast or fun playlist, Hot Girl Walks have taken over. While you can certainly take a walk by yourself at any time, you could also join the Miami group and make some friends in the process!
We caught up with Hot Girl Walk Miami co-hosts Monica Villegas (@itsmonicavillegas), Lucia Di Tore (@luditore), and Lucy Nelles (@lucelianelles) to learn more about the group. Originally started by Gabi Ayala while she lived in Miami, the group lives on!
In your words, can you explain what a Hot Girl Walk is?
M, L, and L: The hot girl walk is a meet up held every week in Miami to help women connect, make friends and build community in Miami.
Why did you decide to start this Miami group?
G: I decided to start this community because I was in search of friends, which I found very hard to make in Miami. I decided to host the walks with the main focus on creating community and friendships because it was something deeply wanted and noticed other girls did too!
Did the three of you know each other before this group?
M, L, and L: No, we all met during one of the walks and loved it so much we knew we wanted to keep it going!
How many people now participate in the walks?
M, L, and L: Anywhere from 60 to 130 has been our largest group so far!
How often do you do a walk?
M, L, and L: Every Saturday at 9 AM! As the weather cools down we will probably do them closer to 10 AM though.
Where do you typically walk?
M, L, and L: We started testing different Miami routes but so far we've walked around Edgewater, Brickell, Miami Design District, and Miami Beach. We'll definitely continue to test more routes though!
What is a fun story about one of the walks you held?
M, L, and L: Being such a large crowd we usually attract quite a bit of attention and it leads to really nice interactions. We had a walk in Brickell once where an older lady asked what we were doing and when we explained it to her she was gushing about how beautiful it was that we were building a community of strong women who have each other's backs and get to connect on deeper levels.
What is your favorite part about the walks/ the group?
M, L, and L: It's amazing to watch this community grow every week! Not only is getting outside for a walk first thing on a Saturday morning an amazing way to kick off the weekend, but you also get to do it with an amazing, supportive group of women! We love seeing the community members hanging out outside the walk as well and building genuine friendships (lots of girls workout together, go to the beach, dinner or other activities during the week).
How can someone get involved if they want to join?
M, L, and L: Check out @hotgirlwalkmiami on Instagram for all of the details of our walks!