For Shirley Dor, identifying solely as Afro-Latina erases an already-marginalized group with immigrant experiences: people of Haitian descent. She proudly believes in living unapologetically in her Caribbean and African roots. As a content creator who focuses on skin care and intimacy, she began looking for other Haitians to relate to and found herself stuck. Unfortunately, there was no platform. Taking matters into her own hands, she launched Haitians Who Blog. "I was inspired by the Haitian writers of the world having a hard time sharing their story in spaces they were not sure they would be heard," Dor explains. "This birthed the first online community catering to increasing the visibility of Haitian creatives, a brave space for Haitian bloggers, creatives, and influencers." The site also serves as a bridge between brands and content creators to form partnerships for inclusion and diversity.
"I attribute much of my beauty to my mother, who constantly reminded me to put some powder on my face, earrings to bring out my facial features, and red lipstick," Dor says. "I celebrate Black beauty by living unapologetically in my Caribbean and African roots. Both Haiti and Africa have taught me to embrace the very definition of kinks in my hair, the width of my nostrils, the plump nature of my lips, and my eyes' almond shape. Embracing these has allowed me to develop a beauty standard that meets my needs rather than the needs of society."
The influencer is a huge fan of books that highlight Black history, which for her is a celebration of Black beauty. For inspiration, Dor recommends The Adventures of Yaya by Angie Bell and Tico Armand. The book series features a beautiful Haitian girl blossoming and embracing the rich history, culture, and language of the world's first Black republic. As an advocate for intimacy, the Haitian influencer turns to "Black Girl in Love (With Herself): A Guide to Self-Love, Healing, and Creating the Life You Truly Deserve" by Trey Anthony. The book serves as an exploration and reclamation of Black Girl Magic with each turning page.