Why everyone is talking about Tony Armstrong at the TikTok Awards.

Though Armstrong is still coming to terms with his surging public profile, he’s seizing the opportunity. But it hasn’t always come easily to him.

The journalist was raised in Western Sydney by his white mother (his father left before he was born) and was one of just three Indigenous children at his boarding school in Victoria.

“You put up all these defence mechanisms without even realising it. Every room you walk into, you’re basically the only Blackfella. Everywhere you go, you’re always a point of difference,” he told Mamamia‘s No Filter podcast.

“I used to get pretty nervous, because kids are ruthless. They’ll just come out and ask questions. And when I was younger, I didn’t know s**t about [culture], really…

“So I got bloody good at ripping yarns, because when you’re a kid, you want to come across as knowing who you are.”

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