Saturday 27 May 2017

Meghan Markle reveals her pet peeve, when 'my skin tone is changed and freckles airbrushed out'

American actress Meghan Markle poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film
American actress Meghan Markle poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in Leicester Square
Meghan Markle
Actress Meghan Markle attends P.S. Arts' The pARTy at NeueHouse Hollywood on May 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actress Meghan Markle attends Glamour and L'Oreal Paris Celebrate 2016 College Women Of The Year at NoMad Hotel Rooftop on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)
Actress Meghan Markle attends a Q&A following the premiere of USA Network's "Suits" Season 5 at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel on January 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Actress Meghan Markle attends the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
Meghan Markle attends the Peter Som fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in Suits
Meghan Markle attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
Prince Harry arrives to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
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Meghan Markle has opened up about being biracial in Hollywood, saying she is considered "ethnically ambiguous".

The 35-year-old actress might have landed a role on the popular legal drama Suits, not to mention her romance with Prince Harry, but she said she's experienced discrimination when it comes to getting roles and promoting them in photoshoots.

Markle said that she never felt uncomfortable in her own skin, but recalls her race being challenged as a child.

"I have the most vivid memories of being seven years old and my mom picking me up from my grandmother’s house. 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," she told Allure magazine as part of its beauty diversity issue.

Meghan Markle attends the Peter Som fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends the Peter Som fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

"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 labeled 'ethnically ambiguous'. Was I Latina? Sephardic? 'Exotic Caucasian'?”

"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."

Meanwhile, it's repeated the actress wants to quit the industry after the next season of Suits and focus on a philanthropic career full-time, an idea she had before meeting her royal boyfriend, but a move which their relationship would benefit from.

Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in Suits
Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in Suits

"Even before Harry, she was starting to think about transitioning out of acting. She wants to focus on her other worldly endeavours she is passionate about, like her philanthropy," an insider told E! News.

Meghan is an ambassador with World Vision and has travelled to Rwanda and India as part of her humanitarian role.

Prince Harry arrives to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
Prince Harry arrives to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.

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