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Meet The Multi-Ethnics: Great Profiles Of Mixed Race Celebrities - Biracial Women Actors, Singers And Models

“WE'RE SEEING MORE of a desire for the exotic, left-of-centre beauty that transcends race or class,” says Amy Barnett, managing director of People magazine. America's multi-racial and multi-ethnic population is their fastest-growing demographic. In the 2000 census approximately seven million citizens — 2.4 per cent of the population — identified themselves as being of more than one ethnic origin or racial group.

BIRACIAL BLOSSOMING
Simultaneously, one in seven U.S. marriages in 2008 and 2009 was between men and women of different races or ethnic backgrounds, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, in 2012, according to the Census Bureau, just under half of all children under five born in America were non-white. At the current rate, experts predict that by 2045 whites will no longer be the country's majority population.

MIXED RACE CELEBRITIES
What effect will these changes have on racial identification and beauty? Far from getting simpler, classifications are becoming more complex and kaleidoscopic in nature. With terms such as 'biracial', 'mixed race' or 'light-skinned' — as opposed to the more binary descriptives, 'black' or 'white' — rapidly becoming more numerous, those who self-determine in this way are increasing looking to celebrities of colour — actors, actors, singers and models with similar racial and ethnic backgrounds to theirs — to help define their notions of identity. Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams, Rihanna, Jennifer Beals, Rosario Dawson, Zoë Saldaña and Tiger Woods are just a few of the women celebrities of biracial or mixed race heritage that represent this diverse rainbow. You can read their profiles opposite, plus those of many others, in Ben Arogundade's best-selling book Black Beauty.

INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY: Right: a selection of high profile mixed race celebrities from the fields of music and film. Between them their respective ethnic backgrounds cover Africa, America, India, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Dominica.

*MIXED RACE CELEBRITIES ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH

230

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Mixed race actors” each month.

500

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Mixed race models” each month.

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The number of people worldwide who Google the word “Biracial” each month.

*All figures for “Mixed Race Celebrities According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.

ARTICLES AND BOOKS BY WRITER BEN AROGUNDADE

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DISCOVER MORE about the background and ethnicity of some of your favourite mixed race celebrities, written by Ben Arogundade, author of the bestselling book Black Beauty.

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WHO IS RIHANNA?
8 Articles That Explore Her Beauty And Ethnic Background

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ACTRESS HALLE BERRY ON RACE: 'I Believe In The One Drop Theory'

RAP MUSIC STAR NICKI MINAJ's Background And Hindu Ancestry

ZOE SALDANA:
Hollywood's Most Aesthetically Mysterious Movie Star

ALICIA KEYS: Black, Scottish, Italian, Irish. 'Mixed Race Made Me A Broad Person.'

PAULA PATTON:
Hollywood's New Breed Of Multi-Ethnic Actresses

IS SINGER MARIAH CAREY BLACK?
65,000 Fans Are Not Sure

BEYONCE BEAUTY
6 Articles On The Hair, The Skin-Tone, The Eye Color, The Ethnicity
 

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TIGER WOODS:
Not Black - Cablinasian - Golf Star Strikes For Ethnic Autonomy

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THANDIE NEWTON:
'My Skin Color Wasn't Right, My Hair Wasn't Right, My History Wasn't Right.'

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VANESSA WILLIAMS:
- Light Skin, Straight Hair, Blue Eyes - And Black. The Complexity Of Race In America

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The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Biracial women” each month.

1,600

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Mixed race celebrities” each month.

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NOT JUST BLACK - NAOMI'S CHINESE ANCESTRY

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MY IDENTITY
I Thought I Was Black.....Then I
Had An Ancestry
DNA Test.