When Stars Experience Racism

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  • Mariah Carey
  • Shemar Moore
  • Nina Davuluri, Vanessa Williams
  • Condola Rashad
  • Anika Noni Rose
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tamera Mowry-Housley
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West
  • Gabby Douglas
  • Leona Lewis
  • Darius Rucker
  • Rihanna
  • Halle Berry
  • Amandla Stenberg

Nina Davuluri

As the first-ever Indian American to win the Miss America pageant, Davuluri broke ground for brown girls everywhere. But, like Vanessa Williams before her, Davuluri faced racist backlash for her win. Williams reached out to support her fellow pageant queen, recalling "how coincidental" their historic wins were. “It’s crazy. Same night, same locale, and same state. And unfortunately, same bashing as well. I had to deal with it at 20, and she’s dealing with the same issue at 24. I told her she was a trailblazer, and if she ever needed any advice to please call.”

(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

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