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5 Hollywood Celebrities You Wouldn’t Have Guessed Are Actually Part Asian

today29 September 2020


Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz had a moment on Twitter when his name started trending because people were suddenly made aware of (or reminded) that he is actually bi-racial.

Pete Wentz is of English and German descent on his father’s side and Afro-Jamaican descent on his mother’s side. Amongst his relatives is actress Kerry Washington.


This made us wonder, what about the celebrities that have Asian ancestry?


Naomi Campbell


The London born stunner is actually part Afro-Jamaican, part Jamaican-Chinese! While Campbell’s mother is Jamaican, she has never met her father, who left them when her mother was four months pregnant with her. Her paternal grandmother, however, carried the surname “Ming”.



Nicki Minaj


Nicki Minaj is big on embracing Asian culture, so much so that she even calls herself the “Harajuku Barbie”. Turns out, the Trinidad-born rapper is actually part African, part Indian, and part Japanese. Her parents are of mixed Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry while her great grandfather was Japanese. Minaj’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, ‘Maraj’ being a Hindu Indian surname derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Maharaja’.





Our multi-talented Ne-Yo who wrote the absolute banger of a song, “Let Me Love You” and is weirdly obsessed with hats is of Chinese and African-American descent. The singer was born in Camden, Arkansas to his father that is of African-American and Chinese descent while his mother is African-American.



Shay Mitchell


Mitchell, aka Emily Fields from ‘Pretty Little Liars’ was born in Ontario, Canada. Her father is of Scottish and Irish descent and her mother, who is Filipino. Mitchell’s middle name is Garcia, which is a Filipino name adopted from her mother’s surname. A notable relative of hers is Lea Salonga, the Filipino singer and actress singing who gave the Disney Princesses’ Jasmine and Mulan a singing voice.



Vanessa Hudgens


The ‘High School Musical’ alum is actually part Filipino! While Vanessa Hudgens’ dad was of Irish, French and Native American descent, her mother was a Filipino native. Because Hudgen’s mother was from the Philippines, Hudgens’ ancestry is a mix of Filipino, Spanish, African, and Chinese descent.



Are ya’ll shooketh? Who else surprised you with their family background?





*Cover image credits:
Naomi: Naomi Campbell on the cover of Essence
Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo as photographed by Alex Flint
Nicki: Nicki Minaj on Instagram

Written by: Marissa Anne

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