Meghan Markle, the daughter of an African American mother, is using her platform to speak out about racial injustice.
In a new interview with Pride magazine (via the Daily Mail,) the actress spoke about being "ethnically ambiguous," considering her heritage. Growing up, she said she heard far too many racist jokes with few people realizing her mother's race.
"I don't care if I'm fair-skinned and I don't care what it is, that's who I am and that's my family," she said. "My hope is for the world to get to a place where it's color blind."
She told the mag that she felt that it was "obligation" to speak out.
This isn't the first time she's spoken about being biracial. Earlier this year, she told Allure she has "vivid memories" of being raised by a Caucasian father and an African American mother.
"There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombré 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," she said.
Last December, 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.
She wrote that she never identified with one race over the other. The "Suits" actress also spoke about the challenges of being biracial in Hollywood.
"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 wrote. "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."
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