Multiracial Celebrities When They Were Babies…

Take a look at this list of multiracial celebrities when they were babies. Have their faces changed much? Not a lot has changed since they were little! Just like fine wine, they’ve all gotten better looking with age.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York to singer’s Alfred Roy, of African American and Venezuelan (including Afro-Venezuelan) descent, and mother, Patricia (née Hickey) of Irish American descent.

Tia and Tamera Mowry

Tia and Tamera Mowry were born in Gelnhausen, West Germany to Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers) of Bahamian-American descent and Timothy John Mowry a British-American who was serving in the U.S. Army Sergeant when they were born.

Alicia Keys

Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, in New York City. She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress of Italian/Scottish descent, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant of African-American descent. Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her biracial heritage because she felt she was able to “relate to different cultures”.

Shari, Gina and David Belafonte

Shari Lynn Belafonte was born in New York City, the daughter of Marguerite [née Byrd], a psychologist, and Harry Belafonte, a singer and actor of Jamaican and French descent. Although Marguerite is listed as African-American, she too comes from a multi-racial background.

Gina and David Belafonte were born in New York City, the children of Julie Robinson a former dancer with the Katherine Dunham Company of Jewish European descent.

Photo: Singer Harry Belafonte (2R) playing his guitar and singing w. family members who are also playing instruments: L-R son David, ex-wife Julie, and daughters Adrienne and Shari. (Photo by Martha Holmes//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Kidada Jones

Kidada Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the elder daughter of composer/arranger Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton  and also the older sister to actress Rashida Jones. Her father is of mostly African American, as well as European, ancestry and her mother is Ashkenazi Jewish (a descendant of immigrants from Russia and Latvia).

Stefan Gordy (Redfoo of LMFAO)

Stefan Kendall Gordy is the eighth and youngest child of Berry Gordy, Jr. Berry Gordy, Jr. is of Caucasian and African-American descent (related to President Carter) and Nancy Leiviska is of Finnish European descent.

Photos: Celebrity Interracial/Interethnic Couples

Derek Jeter

Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey to Sanderson Charles Jeter, Ph.D., a substance abuse counselor of African American descent and Dorothy, an accountant, of Caucasian and of Irish/German descent.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, the son of Ata Johnson (née Maivia) and Rocky Johnson, was born in Hayward, California.  His father is of Black Nova Scotian (Canadian) ancestry and his mother is of Samoan ancestry.

Chrissy Teigen

Christine Teigen was born in Delta, Utah to a Thai mother and a Norwegian father. 

Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker

Sharlely Kerssenberg (wife of Tennis champion Boris Becker) was born in Switzerland to a Dutch father and a Surinamese mother. 

Drake Graham

Aubrey Drake Graham was born  in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Sandi Graham (née Sher), an educator of white Jewish Canadian descent and Dennis Graham, a drummer of African American descent.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer of English descent and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist of American/English, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese descent.Keanu Reeves

Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius was born in Liverpool, England to a Greek father and a Black British mother.Marsha Ambrosius 2

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie was born in Berkeley, California to Peter Michael Escovedo of Mexican, African American and Creole descent, and Karen (ancestry unknown) who are her biological parents. She was adopted at the age of three by Lionel Richie of American American (possible Indian/Caucasian) descent and Brenda Harvey. nicole richie and mother

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Joy Silberstein (birth name) was born in Los Angeles, California to legendary Motown singer/actress Diana Ross of African-American descent and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein of white Jewish descent. Tracee Ellis Ross as a baby with dad Robert Silberstein

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the younger daughter of composer/arranger Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton  and also the younger sister to actress Kidada Jones. Her father is of mostly African American, as well as European, ancestry and her mother is Ashkenazi Jewish (a descendant of immigrants from Russia and Latvia).

Sade Adu

Folasade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria to Adebisi Adu, a Nigerian (Yoruba) lecturer in economics and Anne Hayes, a white English district nurse. She is African and British Caucasian descent.

Alani ‘Lala’ Vasquez

Lala Vasquez was born in Brooklyn, NY to Nuyorican parents. Nuyorican is a portmanteau of the terms “New York” and “Puerto Rican” and refers to the members or culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora located in or around New York State especially the New York City metropolitan area, or of their descendants (especially those raised or still living in the New York area).

Puerto Ricans are a mix breed of Africans, Spaniards and Europeans hence the varying complexions and therefore cannot be classified within a single race.Lala then and now

Amber Rose

Amber Levonchuck aka known as Amber Rose was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents of Cape Verdean, Irish, and Italian descent. Amber Rose

Alexa Chung

Model/Television presenter Alexa Chung was born in PrivettHampshireEngland, to an English mother and a Chinese-English father. Alexa Chung as a child

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama was born  in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ann Dunham of mostly English ancestry and Barack Obama, Sr. of Kenyan (African) descent.President Obama

Would you have recognized these multiracial celebrities if their current photographs were not included?

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38 thoughts on “Multiracial Celebrities When They Were Babies…

  1. I love, love, love this! They really haven’t changed much especially president Obama. I would have guessed them without their current pictures. Thank you.

  2. I like this. Look at President Obama – he hasn’t changed a bit. They all kinda look the same just younger and slimmer versions. Thanks for posting. Any blog/website that can get guys to comment rocks!

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  23. The baby picture for Kidada Jones is incorrect. The baby photo is Quincy’s youngest daughter, Kenya with Natasja Kinski. Please update or correct it.

  24. “puerto ricans are a mixture of africans, spaniards and europeans…..Spaniards are EUROPEANS and are the primary europeans they are mixed with, how dumb can you be

  25. I am not light skinned but like most black Americans in the United States, I am of mixed race. Skin color has nothing to do with being mixed it’s genetics. It just sounds as stars like Beyoncé want to be labeled as not really black, she has had her skin lighten and her hair weaved to the hilt. It’s a fact that most US blacks are of mixed race. The big question is what does it really matter, because when you really look at it we are just seen as black. It just depends on how famous and how much money we have.
    There was a article done on Vanessa Williams she is black, I forget what country her heritage hails from but it is a country where there are blacks with blue eyes.
    It is unfortunate we don’t see American blacks as people of genetically diversed backgrounds, we just see skin color. Many American blacks identify with Africa but we have lived in this country for over 400 years so actually America is our homeland. Most groups that have lived in a country for that amount of time look as that country as their homeland. The people living in places like Hatti look at Hatti as their homeland not Africa. I have no connection to Africa my birthright, my homeland is the United States. The United States was built on the backbones of our ancestors. We have labored, bled and died building this country. So my question is when are black Americans going to accept and claim this is our country after 400 years or more here, when are we going to accept this is home? Do we have to live here another 500 years before it sinks in – this is our homeland. We have a stronger connection to this land than to Africa. One of the main reasons our slave ancestors refused to leave this country when they were freed. As Fredrick Douglas said this is our homeland we have lived in this country for over 100 years we no longer have ties to Africa a place we have never seen.
    When you really get down to it we all are mixed, less than 0.01 percent of the world’s population is only of one race.
    We all should be KolorBlind, my issue is the Black Americans that act as if being mixed is something rare when it’s not for us and the ones that pull the I’m not really black number to try to appeal or be more acceptable to the white population. How famous blacks lighten their skin. Everyone laughed at Micheal Jackson and belittled him while doing the very same thing.

    • Why are you trying to take away from biracial people? We are not trying to take Away from African American culture. We did not ask to be born from different race parents. Our lifestyle, beauty, And experiences differ from those of African American decent. Having 50% of a different race is not the same as being 1/32 something else.

      • I am not following your thinking when you say our lifestyle, beauty and experiences differ. HOW ! First if you are biracial and one of your parents are of African decent……than so are you ! Your experiences as biracial are not any different than any one born to parents of different races. Here in america…. it is noted by White Americans, that if you have African/Black decent you are considered Black to them. That was made clear when they kept referring to Tiger Woods as a black man…that is when he became upset and said that he felt as if they were ignoring his mother that is Asian. It wasn’t that they are ignoring her…it was that they were ignoring the Asian half of Tiger. It is also noted at the Vital Statistic in Washington DC. This I know to be true by experience. Im a Health professional…and during my younger days in 80′s when in College, I worked as a Unit Secretary on the OB/Gyn Floor. One of my duties was to fill out the actual birth certificates for the newborns. On the birth certificates is a spot for the parents lineage. So I did the certificates and Asked everyone the same question about their racial heritage. These certificates are sent to the main Vital Statistics in Washington DC. About 3 months later VS in Wash DC sent them back and said they had to redone. Why !!! because they did not want what heritage the Blacks had….. the race was to be put down as Black… nothing else. Now I don’t know if it has changed since then…it would probably worth while checking it out. But is was a big shock to me when it happened. It drove home to me at that moment, that America had not really changed so much…..it was just hidden. Frankly I was apalled….being multiracial, my great grandfather was Irish/G-Grandmother Cherokee, Grandmother called a Mullato…American Indian and White….she married what america considered black man of French/ African heritage. No one asks to be born as they are. As the article above this noted, the Majority of Black in America are multiracial….. but America will not acknowledge that. Blending of the races started during slavery times… Did you not see Roots !

        https://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/empire/1890s.html

        http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/09/black-in-america-its-not-just-about-the-color-of-your-skin/

      • And yeah, most african Americans have some different type of race. That’s not the same as having HALF. And really? Bringing Roots into this?? I’m not denying My black side, I’m saying I embrace both sides.

      • Exactly. Why is it lately, that I read comments similar to what Ms. Blackwell says, whenever biracial or multiracial celebration is introduced? It almost makes it seem as though many African Americans feel left out of the “Immediate” biracial/multiracial movement of acceptance & frame of mind. People like ourselves, who clearly present signs of multiracial ancestry, who also happen to have 2 parents (and sets of families) of different race & culture, are indeed mixed breed and we want to be accepted & appreciated for that fact. Unlike many (not all) African Americans who have multi-generational multi-racial background, going back to the days of slavery…Most of them have 2 parents of apparent, pre-dominant African heritage, regardless of how many years they’ve lived here in America. I, myself, am an immigrant to this country, by way of Central America, and of Latin (Hispanic) heritage–So I and my family are the epitome of multiracial ancestry. We don’t classify ourselves as “African American” or even black, however, I do have blacks in my family, but our culture is not that of African American culture, therefore, those of us in my family who appear to look simply black, are different from African Americans, in culture, customs, language, food, music, etc. Some of us in my family look white also, with blonde hair and green eyes, while others, like myself, look somewhere in between. Most people see me as a typical Latin woman. My family is diverse and we are proud to be who we are! :) Who we are as a people, has no correlation to African Americans, who we feel are separate from us. Yes, we’re all people–human beings, and we are all considered non-white, but being non-white is not seen as a stigma in my family, or even in my Latin culture for that matter. Despite for so long in America, the white race was the dominant race, however, that is slowy changing as more people from different races and cultures continue to breed and co-mingle. Before you know it, white’s will become the minority! :)

  26. You made a mistake with Kidada Jones…Her father, Quincy Jones is biracial also. The picture you have is not Kidada nor her mother, Peggy Lipton. It’s a picture of her youngest sister, Kenya and her mom, actress Nastassja Kinski.

  27. @V …That is an interesting story. I am multiracial (European, African & Asian…in that order too) and I visually appear Latin (which is what I am classified in this country …”Hispanic”), especially since my family and I were not born here in America–we are from Central America. I was married to a white, Caucasian man for nearly 12 years. In 1988, I gave birth to our son in the state of Colorado, and our son was classified as white (he looks like both of us, but more like me–Latin, i.e., Olive skin tone; thick, wavy, dark brown hair). I wasn’t happy with that classification for my son, because as his mother, I felt that the child I carried for 10 months and gave birth to, as well as who possesses 50% of my DNA, is a big part of me and I felt left out. (I now know what it must feel like for white women who have children with black men, who don’t want their children to be considered as ‘just black’, based on some outdated “one drop rule” nonsense!) When I questioned the Colorado Vital Statistics’ reasoning behind why they would completely discount my contribution to our son’s identity, they told me that in the state of Colorado, they classify children by the race of their father. I don’t know if they still abide by this rule today, as we now live in Florida. Apparently, what you experienced in Washington. DC, in the 80s, doesn’t seem to apply in every state. Because I am viewed as Hispanic,not black, nor is my son (who is more white than anything else), most of the governmental documents even want to classify ME as White, because of being Hispanic. I never agreed with that either. I’m proud of my multiracial, Latin culture, and I don’t want to be labeled black or white. I’m Latina and that is sufficient for me…and my family. I don’t care what anyone else thinks. Biracials/Multiracials deserve a voice and a right to be validated for being who they are culturally, or otherwise, and not be forced into one box.

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