She celebrates her diversity
Meghan Markle has been in the spotlight before she began dating into the royal family.
As an actress best known for her recent role in the series ‘Suits’ and a UN women’s advocate for political participation and leadership, she doesn’t shy away from exposure.
Yet many people don’t know her background.
One question Meghan is frequently asked is, “What are you?” – in clear reference to her racial background.
She is beautiful, dark skinned, yet without exactly baring an African-American look.
Meghan is always quick to reveal that her father is Caucasian and her mother, African American.
Pictured: Meghan Markle, Doria Ragland (her mother)
Picture by: Splash News
In an interview to Elle Magazine, she describes a childhood in which her parents carefully crafted a bubble around her in which racism wasn’t an issue.
She was always raised to feel special rather than different, yet there were times when her identity confused her.
In high school, she was unable to fill in the ethnicity checkbox during national exams which allowed to choose between white, black, Hispanic or Asian – and was offended that her teacher suggested to fill “Caucasian”, just because it was more of her look.
She felt that such an identification is disrespectful to her African American mother, from whom she inherited a rich culture which cannot be ignored.
When she began acting, she faced challenges with her ethnicity.
She wasn’t white enough for white roles, and not black enough for black roles – until she was casted to ‘Suits’, in which the producers were simply looking for a character, not a specific ethnicity.
She says, “the Suits producers helped shift the way pop culture defines beauty.”
We’re hoping for more producers in Hollywood to take the same stand and diversify the actors we see in lead roles.