ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Andrea Zamora is a woman who wears many hats. She’s a mom, caregiver, baker and makeup artist who grew up on Albuquerque’s west side.
But the West Mesa High alum is getting a lot more attention for another role she’s playing online.
Zamora is the creator of the viral video series starring Lil Baby Dreamer, a self-described “chola” who picks fights at Pat Hurley Park, dropped out of college after two weeks, works at the since-renamed Pro’s Ranch Market as a “basket collector,” gives health tips and occasionally needs a translator.
The most popular of the videos is a six-minute-long makeup advice session. It’s gotten more than a quarter million views since it was posted in February.
“I never thought it was going to blow up like this,” Zamora said.
Zamora says she came up with the idea for the videos while she was pregnant. She broke out the video camera and started improvising.
“I guess my inspiration for Lil Baby Dreamer came from pretty much the culture of New Mexico,” Zamora said. “You know there’s women like that out here and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. They should be proud of where they come from how they look and embrace it.”
The character also has a lot of people fooled, wondering if Lil Baby Dreamer is real or an act.
While the vast majority of the online reaction to Lil Baby Dreamer has been positive, some have wondered if it’s offensive.
KRQE News 13 showed the videos to students at UNM’s El Centro de la Raza to get reaction.
“Honestly I think it’s really funny but at the same time I don’t want to, because I actually know people like that,” said Rikki Giron, a UNM sophomore.
“It was kind of funny but I feel like people who actually do that or live that way could really get offended by it,” said Ana Caren Ruiz, a UNM sophomore.
“I thought it was kind of disrespectful just because, I mean, it seems like she’s making fun of their culture,” said Evelyn Lozano, a UNM freshman.
Zamora takes the criticism in stride.
“You’re not going to make everybody happy, but I do want people to know that I’m doing these videos not to offend anybody,” Zamora said. “I’m doing them to try and make people laugh.”
Right now, she’s trying to keep growing the audience through her website. Ultimately, Zamora says she’s hoping the Lil Baby Dreamer character can help her launch a stand-up comedy career.
Zamora’s success is reminiscent of the fame local actress Lauren Poole gained for her character Lynette. The popularity of the videos starring Lynette got Poole a job promoting the New Mexico State Fair.