Tally Dilbert is making sure Afro-Latina identity, beauty, and style are acknowledged by everyone, oneat a time. Dilbert, a 24-year-old Honduran visual artist based in San Antonio, Texas, posts various videos on fashion hauls, museum tours, and tips on becoming the next big influencer. She posts photos and Reels of her outfits and hair on her Instagram, whether it’s her beautiful locks, natural Afro, or her most recent ginger wig. Of course, like every creator hoping to go viral, she also keeps up with the latest memes and . But Dilbert also uses her platform ― more than 80,000 followers and 1.5 million likes on TikTok ― to educate others on anti-Blackness within the and how to combat it.
For example, in early September, she main reason was to inspire other Afro-Latina girls because I feel like we have little to no representation when it comes to media, and if there is [representation], it’s minimal,” Dilbert said. “Most of the time, people take as a stereotype: that we’re ghetto or we don’t like to do certain things. I wanted to break those stereotypes.”of herself with “Colorism doesn’t exist in Latin America,” written in Spanish. The text on the screen then says, “Me, sharing my experiences about how it does exist,” accompanied by the famous TikTok sound, “You need to leave!” At the start of Month, she posted some videos about how Afro-Latinos deserve more representation in the U.S., especially in the media. “My
The lack of Afro-Latinx representation in media was evident this summer in the online discourse about Lin Manuel-Miranda’s movie musical “In The Heights.” The film is set on the streets of Washington Heights, a gentrifying New York City neighborhood home with a diverse Latinx population. Still, the principal cast featured zero dark-skinned Afro-Latinx actors. Manuel-Miranda apologized for this misstep, acknowledging that he fell short in representing the community. Dilbert used this moment on social media to lean into her identity and encourage other young Afro-Latinos to speak up and be themselves. “I’ve learned to stay authentic and show that we’re meant to be in those spaces,” Dilbert said.
One of Dilbert’s first videos to get over 100,000 views on TikTok was a video in Spanish about what it means to be Honduran. “You’re not Honduran if you don’t like ballads,” she says, referring to a traditional Honduran dish. Then she lists things Hondurans constantly do. “If you don’t use ‘make every three seconds of your life, and if you don’t know how to dance punta, make” she says as she shrugs. Then there are the super-viral moments: Dilbert’s video about the luxury of drinking Coca-Cola out of awith a straw in Honduras gained more than 500,000 views. “If you haven’t had this if you haven’t had Coca-Cola in a bag, you have to try it,” she says.
For Dilbert, creating online content wasn’t only a stream of income, but also an escape from classes and the stressors of social media. Their rent, food, and utilities are all paid so they can focus on making the viral moment. She collaborated with TejasHouse for two months of its first season. Going from living alone to sharing a house with eight other young adults who all make social media content may sound less than ideal. But Dilbert in the space.. In May, Dilbert joined TejasHouse, one of the first content houses for bilingual creators. In these content houses, creators usually live together for a few months to create videos for
“There’s a lot of personalities,” Dilbert told HuffPost. “So it helped me work on my patience, and I worked on communicating with people and managing differentinclusive,e but it became something educational and fun,” she told HuffPost.. Some people have strong personalities,s and some are more chill.” , a filmmaker, and influencer, devised the idea for TejasHouse and invited Dilbert to join. She said Sosa found one of her Instagram reels where sheshares . “He talked to me about the content house and what they wanted to create, which to me was awesome because not only was it
“People will laugh,h and criticize you; they’llyou’re doing nothing, but as long as it makes you happy,y just go for it,” Dilbert says. When making videos together, people in the house mainly sought to dismantle stereotypes about Latinos. Latinx and Hispanic communities are not a monolith, and the don’t all speak or think the same. Dilbert moved from Honduras five years ago to attend the , where she graduated in 2020 with a degree in communications. That’s when she began to make money from her content. For her, it wasn’t only a stream of income but also an escape from classes and the stressors of student life.
At first, she didn’t mention her new passion to her dad because he wwwaslreadysoo concerned with her being on tthe internet. She said her mom was more understanding. Eventually, she got to have an “I told you so” moment with her parents. “They saw the opportunities coming — the interviews, the paid partnerships — and were like, ‘Oh, it’s a job!'” she said of her parents, who now support her career choice. “But I am ambitious,s and I had a goa,l and I knew someday it was gonna happen!” To focus on her love for fashion, content creation,n, and heritage, Dilbert said her No. 1 goal is to have her television show. For now, she’s just feeling thankful and still shocked at the brands that reach out to work with her, such as Express, Pandor, and Theory.
“I people to go after their dreams. People will laugh,h and they will criticize you; tthey’llsay you’re doing nothing, but as long as it makes you happy,y jo for it, and then everything will fall into place.” Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to and help shape HuffPost’s next chapterare very closed-minded when it comes to being creative,” Dilbert said. “I love being able to share [what I’ve accomplished] because I want to inspire