15 Mixed-Race Celebrities, From Shay Mitchell to Mariah Carey

Mixed-Race Celebrities
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With the increasing visibility of interracial couples and multiethnic families, the world is shaping up to become a colorful and diverse place. While Hollywood still has a ways to go when it comes to representing multiethnic identity on-screen, it’s doing better than it was 20 or so years ago when television and film were predominantly white.

And we’re bound to see even more representation in the coming years: According to a Pew Research report in 2017, the number of multiracial or multiethnic infants has tripled since 1980. That’s huge!

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Something shaping the way the entertainment industry sees diversity is the plethora of mixed-race actors, singers and models stepping into the spotlight to prove that all colors should be welcome in Hollywood. And while you might not know the exact race of these folks (you will now after this gallery), you’re at least aware of their impact.

Click through for 15 celebrities you might not know were mixed-race.

A version of this article was originally published in July 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel

Handmaid's Tale actress Alexis Bledel's father was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while her mother was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up in Mexico.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Jessica Szohr
Jessica Szohr

Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr's father is of African-American and European descent, while her mother has Hungarian, German, Irish and English ancestry.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in her own words: "While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they're after: 'My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I'm half black and half white,' she wrote for ELLE magazine in 2015.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung

The fashion model's mother is English while her father is three quarters Chinese.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen

The Lip Sync Battle co-host's mom's home country is Thailand, while her dad has Norwegian roots.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Darren Criss
Darren Criss

The Emmy nominated actor's father grew up in Pennsylvania and is of English, German and Irish descent, while his mother is a native of Cebu, Philippines.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld

The Pitch Perfect 2 star's dad has genetic traces to Russia and Romania, while her maternal grandfather was half Filipino and half African-American.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

The "Fantasy" hitmaker's dad is African American with Afro-Venezuelan descent, while her mom is Irish.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo

The "Closer" singer's mother is African-American, while his father is African-American and Chinese.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn

The X‑Men: Apocalypse actress' mother was raised in Vietnam and has Vietnamese and Chinese roots, while her dad is of English, Irish and German descent.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones

The Parks and Recreation actress' mother is a descendant of Jewish immigrants from Latvia and Russia, while her father is African-American.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell

The Pretty Little Liars star's mother comes from the Philippines, while her father is of Scottish and Irish descent.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

The Moana actor's mother is of Samoan descent, while his father, who is Canadian, has traces of Black Nova Scotian.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens

The High School Musical alum's mother is from Manila, Philippines, while her father is of Irish and Native American descent.

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STYLECASTER | Mixed-Race Celebrities | Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik

The former One Direction member's father is Pakistani, while his mother is English and Irish.

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