Tia Mowry-Hardrict Reveals Discrimination From Teen Magazine for Being Black

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Tia Mowry Hardrict spoke about her and her sister’s past rejection from a teen magazine for being Black.

The well-known twin sisters, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Darvette grew up in the spotlight in their sitcom Sister, Sister back in 1994. The sitcom talks about twin sisters being separated at birth and coming together during their teenage years. Recently, Mowry Hardrict reveals the discrimination she and her sister experienced during the 90s.

The actress reveals that she and her sister wanted to be in a popular teen magazine but were denied for their race. Despite their success on their sitcom Sister, Sister, the twins couldn’t make the cut to be on the cover of the magazine.

She recalled the moment sharing, “We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black, and we would not sell.” This was definitely a time that she would never forget. She stated in her ET interview, “I will never forget where I was, and I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that wasn’t right.” She also spoke about the lack of diversity in beauty, adding, “I would feel insecure about my hair because being young and being in this business, I never saw girls like me. I never saw girls that, you know, were embracing their curls, or I never saw curly hair being portrayed as beautiful.”

However, the actress is delighted to see the evolving and acceptance of races and beauty as she expresses, “I love that now I’m seeing images that are really embracing natural, beautiful, curly hair and just beautiful Black women in all shades — dark, light skin, brown. Representation is important and that really helped me, meaning me seeing those images is what helped me embrace my natural beauty.” 

We are glad to see the development of the entertainment industry and its increased opportunities for Black entertainers. Don’t forget to follow Mowry-Hardrict and support diversity with ‘Strong Black Leads’ on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.