27 Mixed-Race Celebrities Who Won Big On Their Genetics

Though the internet has made the minutiae of celebrities’ everyday lives a neverending consumable product, there are still a few things you might not know about your favorite stars, like their mixed race heritage. The world is a melting pot of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. With the increasing visibility of interracial couples and multiethnic families, the world is becoming colorful and diverse. While Hollywood still has a ways to go regarding representing multiethnic identity on-screen, it’s doing better than it was a decade ago when television and film were predominantly white.

Now, more than ever, people are no longer just of one heritage but of diverse and complex ethnic backgrounds. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey are some of the most famous mixed-raced celebrities. Still, diversity of race, culture, and tradition is prevalent and celebrated worldwide now more than ever in human history.

Populations of various colors, ethnicities, and languages can now be found in the most massive metropolis or the smallest town. It’s also got a wealth of cultural heritage in the mix. Some of our favorite celebrities boast European, Asian, and Hispanic bloodlines.

Christina Aguilera

The gorgeous mixed race singer we love with the unique voice has Ecuadorian origins from her dad’s side. In contrast, her mom has Dutch, Scottish, German, and Irish ancestors.

Demi Lovato

The beloved singer Demi Lovato is of Mexican descent from her father’s side and  Irish descent from her mother’s.

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks’ mother is Caucasian, and her father is African-American.

Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons’s mother was born in Korea and adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War. Her father is African-American.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee’s maternal grandfather was half Filipino and half African American, which makes her part Filipino.

Paula Patton

She is a stunning blend of  African American, English, and German.

Adriana Lima

Our beloved angel, who became the face of Victoria’s Secret with her stunning beauty, has quite the background. She is Indigenous, Swiss, Japanese, African, West Indian, and Portuguese.

Jessica Alba

Jessica is a gorgeous mixed race actress of Mexican, French, and Danish heritage.

Angelina Jolie

The well-known goddess who made everyone fall in love with her in Tomb Raider and in Mr. & Mrs. Smith is of Slovak and German descent on her father’s side and French Canadian and Dutch descent on her mom’s side.

Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman’s mother is Korean and African-American, and her father is African-American.

Shay Mitchell

This “pretty little liar” who stunned all her fans on the show has quite an eclectic background. Her father is of Irish and Scottish descent, while her mother is of Filipino descent.

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole is a gorgeous mix of Hawaiian, Filipino, and Ukrainian.

Jessica Szohr

The beautiful mixed race Jessica we call Vanessa in the back of our minds is Hungarian on her mother’s side and African-American on her father’s side.

Bar Refaeli

Bar is a stunning blend of Polish, Lithuanian, and Jewish Italian.

Nicki Minaj

When it comes to strong female figures, Nicki Minaj is one of the first to come to mind. She is part African, part Indian, and part Japanese.

Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals’ mother, Jeanne, is Caucasian, and her father is African-American.

Olivia Munn

The X-Men beauty who took everyone by surprise in her role has Chinese and Vietnamese roots on her mother’s side and German and English roots on her father’s side.


Her dad is African-American, and her mother is Scottish and German.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell, who has inspired hundreds of designers and continues to stun us with her looks, is Jamaican and Afro-Chinese.


Born Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, the singer’s mother is half Korean and African-American.

Kate Upton

Kate is a mix of English, Dutch and Scottish. We love her curves and her quirky personality!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy is half Norwegian and half Thai.

Lauren London

The Game star was born to an African-American mother and a Jewish father.

Cameron Diaz

This Bad Teacher with the surname Diaz raised many questions about her ancestry — she is part English, German, and Cuban.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, who showed the world her magical voice through her music, also showed how beautiful mixed races are. She has African-American, Venezuelan, and Irish origins.


The never-aging queen of pop music is known to be Colombian. However, her name translates to “full of sunshine” in Arabic. She is Lebanese on her dad’s side and Colombian on her mother’s side.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens, who gave us life through her role in High School Musical, is Native AmericanFilipino, Irish, and Chinese.

Which of these celebrities surprised you the most with their family background? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.