Twin sisters Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry faced racial discrimination at the height of their fame.
During a chat with "Entertainment Tonight," Tia recalled a conversation from the mid '90s in which the "Sister, Sister" stars were told they couldn't be on the cover of a popular teen magazine because of their skin color.
"We were told that we couldn't be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell," Tia said. "I will never forget that. I will never forget where I was. And I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that wasn't right."
At the time, Tia and Tamera were hugely popular stars — their sitcom was a ratings hit, especially among teens. Still, Tia, who's now 42, realized at a young age that there was a lack of representation on TV.
"I never saw girls like me. I never saw girls that, you know, were embracing their curls or I never saw curly hair being portrayed as beautiful," she said.
Tia, now a mother to a son and daughter, wants a more inclusive world for her children.
"To this day, I'm always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful," she said. "And the same thing even with my son. I tell him how handsome he is. I tell him he is smart because I know what it feels like for someone to devalue your worth, and I don't want my children to ever, ever, ever, feel that and not have the strength, or the foundation, to not believe it. To believe that they are worthy."