The more the public learns about Meghan Markle, the more the public has become fixated on her race.
The "Suits" actress is biracial -- her dad is white and her mom is black. On Dec. 11, Prince Harry's girlfriend penned an essay for Elle U.K. and opened up about her genes and one thing that people can't seem to get over.
"To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined," she explained. "Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. In fact, it creates a grey area. "
"Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating. When I was asked by ELLE to share my story, I'll be honest, I was scared," she said.
Throughout the essay, Meghan spoke of her upbringing and how she didn't identify with one race over the other, saying her parents made her feel "special" -- but not different -- despite having grown up in a predominately white neighborhood.
Meghan called it "ironic or apropos" that she was drawn to acting considering her background.
"There couldn't possibly be a more label-driven industry than acting, seeing as every audition comes with a character breakdown: 'Beautiful, sassy, Latina, 20s;' 'African American, urban, pretty, early 30s;' 'Caucasian, blonde, modern girl next door,'" she said. "Every role has a label; every casting is for something specific. But perhaps it is through this craft that I found my voice."
"Being 'ethnically ambiguous,' as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role. Morphing from Latina when I was dressed in red, to African American when in mustard yellow; my closet filled with fashionable frocks to make me look as racially varied as an Eighties Benetton poster. Sadly, it didn't matter," she said. "I wasn't black enough for the black roles and I wasn't white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn't book a job."
When she landed her role on "Suits," it was like a dream come true.
"The show's producers weren't looking for someone mixed, nor someone white or black for that matter," she wrote. "They were simply looking for Rachel. In making a choice like that, the 'Suits' producers helped shift the way pop culture defines beauty."
She always fully appreciated her heritage, but now she understands it more.
"While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that," she said. "To say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman. That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check 'Other,' I simply say: 'Sorry, world, this is not 'Lost' and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.'"
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