Tuesday, May 21

20+ Famous Women Who Prove That Having Asian Heritage Is Pretty Badass

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Now, more than in the past, people are a beautiful mix of different cultures. This is the case with some of the most well-known celebrities in the world, who carry with them a little bit of the Orient, and it makes them so fascinating!

We at 5 Fun Facts decided to bring together some beautiful and talented women of Asian descent here, just for your viewing pleasure!

1. Kristin Kreuk

The star of the Smallville TV series who played Lana Lang has Chinese heritage from her mother and Dutch roots from her father.

2. Kate Beckinsale

Kathrin Beckinsale is a well know English actress. She is the only child of actors Richard Beckinsale, who was of one quarter Burmese, and Judy Loe.

3. Vanessa Hudgens

Her father has both Irish and Native American blood. Her mother, on the other hand, is a native of Manila in the Philippines, but she is of Chinese and Spanish descent. The High School Musical actress is also well-known as a singer.

4. Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons’ mother was born in Korea, while her father is African American. Kimora is a famous model and entrepreneur.

5. Élodie Yung

Élodie Yung is a French actress. She is best known for her role as Elektra Natchios in the second season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series Daredevil. Her father is Cambodian and her mother is French.

6. Olivia Munn

Lisa Olivia Munn is an American actress and a model. She is best known for her role as Mily Acuna on the series Beyond the Break. Her father, is an American of English, Irish, and German descent. Her mother was born and raised in Vietnam and is of Chinese descent.

7. Maggie Q

This fashion-model-turned-actress is best known to English-speaking audiences as the CW’s primetime take on Nikita, and Mission Impossible 3. Her father is of Irish and Polish descent and her mother is a Vietnamese immigrant.

8. Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur, and author best known for her role as Emily Fields in the series Pretty Little Liars. Mitchell’s father is of Scottish and Irish descent and her mother was born in the Philippines.

9. Devon Aoki

Devon Aoki is an American actress and fashion model. Best known for her supporting roles in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City, Devon is of Japanese descent from her father, and of German and English ancestry, from her mother.

10. Foxy Brown

Inga Fung Marchand, known professionally as Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, and actress. She is of Dougla (mixed Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian) and Chinese-Trinidadian descent.

11. Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry is a Canadian-American actress, celebrity cook, cookbook author, and television personality. Her mother is of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese-Jamaican descent, while her father is of mixed African-American and Polish descent.

12. Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Nymeria Sand in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Her mother is Singaporean Chinese, while her father is Zambian English.

13. Janel Parrish

Janel Parrish is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the mystery drama series Pretty Little Liars. Her mother is of Chinese descent, and her father is of European descent.

14. Chloe Bennet

Chloe Wang, known professionally as Chloe Bennet, is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Daisy “Skye” Johnson / Quake on the TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bennet’s father is Chinese and her mother is Caucasian.

15. Amerie

Her mother is from Korea while her father, on the other hand, is African-American. Amerie, is a singer, dancer, actress, and model.

16. Karrueche Tran

She is Vietnamese through her mother. Her father is African-American. She is an American actress and model known for her role as Vivian Johnson in the web series The Bay.

17. Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal is an American actress and singer. Her mother is Filipino. Her father was an African-American military policeman.

18. Norah Jones

Singer, songwriter, and world famous pianist, Norah’s father was the famous Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

19. Cassie Ventura

Cassie is the daughter of an African-American mother and a Filipino father. She is an American singer, dancer, actress, and model.

20. Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger is a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Nicole’s mother, a native of Hawaii, is half Russian, her father is Filipino, making her half Asian.

21. KT Tunstall

Kate Victoria Tunstall is a Scottish singer and songwriter known as KT Tunstall, her stage name. She was born to an Irish father, who was married to a half-Chinese, half-Scottish woman.

22. Kelis

Kelis Rogers is an American singer, songwriter, and chef. Her father is of African-American descent, and her mother is part Chinese and part Puerto Rican.

23. Chanel Iman

Victoria’s Secret model, Chanel, also has an Asian background. Her mother has Korean heritage, making Iman one-quarter Korean. Her father, on the other hand, is of African-American descent.

24. Kiko Mizuhara

Audrie Kiko Daniel, known professionally as Kiko Mizuhara, is an American-Japanese model, actress, singer, and designer. Her mother is Korean from Nagasaki, Japan and her father is an American from Texas.

25. Liza Soberano

Hope Elizabeth “Liza” Soberano is a Filipino-American actress best known for her role in the romantic comedy TV series Forevermore. Her father is Filipino, from Pangasinan, while her mother is American.

26. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Elaine Campbell is a British model, actress, and business woman. Her mother is a Jamaican, born dancer. Campbell is of Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese-Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name “Ming.”

Did you know that these stars had Asian ancestry? Do you know of any other stars whose heritage is Asian? We look forward to reading your opinion in the comments!

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