We like to think that we know everything about our favorite stars. Due to things like social media and TMZ keeping tabs on everyone, we feel closer than ever before. While this may be true in some regards, there are things we often still don’t know about our favorite celebrities. Included in this list is their race and family ancestry. While it is easy to tell for some celebs, it often is not for the lovely ladies included in this list. These 12 gorgeous female celebrities are actually of Asian descent, even though you may never have guessed it.
#12 Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell is a beautiful actress, best known for her role on “Pretty Little Liars.” In addition to that role, she has also appeared in a number of national commercials and is even an author. Mitchell’s father is Scottish and Irish, and her mother is a full-blooded Filipina.
#11 Vanessa Hudgens
Most of us became acquainted with Vanessa Hudgens after her breakout role in “High School Musical.” But since then, she has evolved and has been able to parlay that role into a successful acting career in other genres. This lady is a mix of a number of different ethnicities, including Filipino.
#10 Nicole Scherzinger
This gorgeous and exotic looking woman became famous as the lead member of the Pussycat Dolls. She achieved a ton of success with the group and has leveraged that into a successful career as a solo act, TV personality, and businesswoman. She is half Filipino on her father’s side.
#9 Norah Jones
Norah Jones is an extremely successful singer/songwriter with a soothing voice. She is primarily a jazz artist, and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and taken home 9 Grammy awards. She has a unique look to her, which largely comes from the fact she is half Indian.
#8 Naomi Campbell
Of all the fashion models on the planet, Naomi Campbell is arguably one of the best and most famous. This stunning lady is also an actress and recording artist in addition to being a supermodel. Believe it or not, but she is also of Asian descent as her grandmother is Chinese-Jamaican.
#7 Michelle Branch
Michelle Branch was at her peak during the early 2000s when she released a couple of top selling albums to very high praise. Her career has spanned numerous different music genres such as pop, rock, country, and acoustic. Her father is of Irish descent, and her mother is French and Indonesian.
#6 Kate Beckinsale
Beckinsale is without a doubt one of the most stunning and talented actresses in Hollywood. She has acted in a wide range of different movies from “Pearl Harbor” to “Click” to the “Underworld” series. Despite being born in England, Beckinsale has some Burmese in her blood, from her father’s side.
Kelis is a singer who is without a doubt most famous for her “Milkshake” song. However, she also has a large body of work in music beyond that. She has worked in a number of different music genres and is also a certified chef. She grew up in Harlem, New York, but is actually part Chinese from her mother’s side.
#4 KT Tunstall
Tunstall is a beautiful singer, with beauty that matches her amazing and unique voice. Tunstall’s music is fairly unique, but she has many adoring fans and has won numerous awards for her work. Despite being born in Scotland, Tunstall is also half-Chinese as her mother is from Hong Kong.
#3 Cassie Ventura
This lady is a physical embodiment of the term “triple threat.” Cassie is an amazing singer, dancer, and actress. She has had a successful album, acted in film and has modeled for a number of different companies. Her mother is of African-American descent mainly and her father is Filipino.
#2 Kristen Kreuk
While you may not be familiar with this young starlet’s name, you definitely know her roles. She has acted in shows such as “Smallville” and “Beauty and the Beast.” She has also been a spokesperson for national ad campaigns and has appeared in movies as well as other TV shows. It can be hard to tell just by looking at her, but she is half-Chinese.
If you are into the hip hop scene at all, you know who this woman is. Karrueche is an actress and model by trade, but is definitely more famous for her rocky relationship with Chris Brown. She has also been linked to a lot of other rappers such as Lil Wayne, The Game and more.
Did you know the heritage of most of the actresses on this list? These ladies span many different industries such as music, movies, TV and more. Because of the fact that many of these ladies are only a fraction of Asian descent, it often doesn’t show very much in their physical features. In fact, many would likely think that most of these women were of Latina descent, not Asian. However, Asian is a very overarching term when it comes to ancestry, and not everyone from Asia shares the largely Chinese/Japanese attributes that most of us associate with Asian people.