The April issue of Allure magazine celebrates women of diversity, and features 41 women of colour. One of those women is Meghan Markle, who tells the mag about her experiences in Hollywood.
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Our skin is so much more than a reflection in the mirror. Our skin is the metaphor that defines how we’re seen—and how we see ourselves. For our April 2017 issue (featuring models #Dilone, #ImaanHammam and #Aamitolagum on the cover!), #Allure asked 41 women of color to tell us the story of their lives through their skin—and skin tone. Because our skin can be both a vulnerability and a defense. But most importantly, it can be a source of celebration. Click the link in our bio for all 41 stories and behind-the-scenes videos of our April cover shoot. 📸: @patrickdemarchelier for Allure April 2017 📷: @_hannahchoi
Markle is outspoken about the topic of diversity. In fact, she recently penned a letter about the racism she and her family have experienced throughout their lives.
“I have the most vivid memories of being seven years old and my mom picking me up from my grandmother’s house,” the “Suits” actress tells Allure. “There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombre of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me.”
But Markle reveals that it wasn’t until later in her life that she let her skin colour become her identity, and she admits that to this day, she continually gets questioned about her heritage.
“I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the colour of my skin. It was only outside the comforts of home that the world began to challenge those ideals. I took an African-American studies class at Northwestern where we explored colourism; it was the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community. For castings, I was labelled ‘ethnically ambiguous.’ Was I Latina? Sephardic? ‘Exotic Caucasian’?”
But today, Markle takes pride in her skin tone – and her freckles. “Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum. To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot.”
Markle embraces her freckles and wants her fellow “freckle-faced friends” to do the same. “I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.'”
The April issue hits newsstands March 28.