Meghan Markle has a message for anyone who wants her to look any differently than she does now!
Speaking to Allure for their Beauty of Diversity issue, the biracial actress explained how Hollywood has shaped her experience — along with sharing one of her biggest pet peeves surrounding it!
In case you didn’t know, the Prince Harry‘s other half is the daughter of an African American mom and Caucasian dad, and she never felt less than because of it:
“I have the most vivid memories of being 7 years old and my mom picking me up from my grandmother’s house. There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombr├â┬⌐ of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me. I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the color of my skin.”
But it was very different when she started going out for acting roles:
“I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colorism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community. For castings, I was labeled ├óΓé¼╦£ethnically ambiguous.’ Was I Latina? Sephardic? ├óΓé¼╦£Exotic Caucasian’? Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum.”
The 35-year-old continued, adding she loves her look exactly the way it is:
“To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot. For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ├óΓé¼╦£A face without freckles is a night without stars.'”
Her beauty isn’t for some photo editor to decide.
Keep preaching, Meghan!!
[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]