Suits star Meghan Markle recently opened up about race in Hollywood in her piece for Allure’s newest issue.
The issue’s cover story, entitled “The Beauty of Diversity,” includes the accounts of 41 women of color as they speak up about diversity and inclusion.
In Markle‘s piece, she discusses her experiences and how they’ve changed throughout her life.
Born to an African-American mother and Caucasian father, Meghan explained that growing up, she felt a “sense of belonging” that left her once she left for college. Markle said,
“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.”
Markle’s biracial complexion has labeled her “ethnically ambiguous” and “exotic” in Hollywood casting. She recalls being “mistakenly categorized”, and has been whitewashed in photo shoots, or had her freckles erased and skin tone changed.
Meghan’s account is just one of many that speak up about the challenges of race in Hollywood. To learn more, be sure to read Allure’s “The Beauty of Diversity” issue. It is available to read online now and hits newsstands on March 28.
Markle is currently the star of USA’s Suits. She’s also come into the public eye recently for dating Prince Harry.