Los Angeles, Feb 10 (IANS) Actress Bella Thorne struggled to fit in as a half Latina with blonde hair and fair skin.
In order to feel closer to her Latin heritage which she got from her Cuban father Delancey Reinaldo “Rey” Thorne, the 22-year-old star darkened her skin and tresses.
“Honestly I wish I looked more Latin so I could feel more Latin so I could feel closer to my father and be prouder of my heritage…to wear my heritage on my skin. It’s just hard sometimes when no one thinks u are who u are…and everyone wants u to be something else,” she said on Instagram, reports aceshwobiz.com.
Bella added: “Being Cuban/Latin in most people’s eyes means having dark eyes, dark hair, and dark skin, I’m naturally blonde I have hazel brown eyes and I try not to go in the sun because skin cancer runs in my family I put an effect on this video, and looking at it I like me looking tan with darker hair.”
Bella’s sister Dani Thorne replied: “Well said.”
Her boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo wrote: “Hot as f (fire emojis).”
Meanwhile, “Teen Wolf” actor Tyler Posey, who’s of Mexican descent, said: “Latinos! You can have some of my skin.”
Some of her followers were shocked by her message.
“Your Cuban?” one wrote.
Another said that she took DNA test: “Ima need to see that 23ANDME LMAO.”
A third user commented on the genes from her maternal side: “I thought you were Italian lol.”