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Shay Mitchell Wore Color Contacts to Blend in with Her Friends

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On growing up as a half-Filipino, feeling different and the advice she would give her younger self:

“I would tell myself to celebrate the fact that I was different, and to embrace what made me different and unique. Growing up a different race in a predominantly Caucasian neighbourhood, all of my friends had fair complexions with blonde hair and blue eyes. I look back on my photos and I’m completely different. I dyed my hair lighter, I wore color contacts, I didn’t want to be out in the sun.”

… says 28 year-old Canadian actress Shay.

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lu
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like she was that different… come on!

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AlyssaMoh

yeah this is Bs.. she lived in vancouver, for gods sake half the people there are asian. give me a break

Kate
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Kate

maybe that was the case in her neighborhood. idk, i’ve seen some of her teenage pictures and her friends were all white blondes with blue eyes

Lo
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It’s short sited to dismiss her lived experiences / pressure to fit in with the white majority as “bs”. Just because there is a large Asian community in a white majority community doesn’t mean non-white people won’t feel pressure to assimilate to certain beauty ideals. Especially when they’re young / coming of age.

Zoe
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My thoughts exactly. She makes it sound as if all caucasian people have blonde hair and blue eyes for goodness’ sake. Perhaps I’m being ignorant as I’ve never been to Canada, but if surely she could just have found some friends with darker colouring to make her feel less out of place?

Rita-7
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Rita-7

gorgeous skin tone

Serendipity
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Serendipity

For a second there I thought her upper body was naked in the fifth pic! 🙂

HB
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She is soooo gorgeous. I don’t like the trashy red carpet dress. And I doubt her style evolution came from race shame, so much as from growing up, but either way, I’m glad she’s embraced her natural looks, or at least her natural coloring.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Lovely legs!

HB
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Agreed, her legs are so nice!

a
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i look simialr to ehr and i did the same thing, my cousin who lived in the same town did the same thing. it seems stupid to do this when you’re pretty girl, but try being one of the few “people of color” in mostly white town where the other “people of color” are too weird for you. you always ahve a feeling that you need to blend in and be “normal”.
might not seem like it now, but go to high school in 2008 and it still was that way

Calia
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Calia

-_-

Annie
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Annie

She’s gorgeous, but have you looked at her Instagram? Girl is so full of herself. Not that good of an actress either.

HB
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Ugh that’s disappointing about her social media. Her acting really isn’t great, she always makes a “worried” face in every scene of her show.

Me
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It is quiet strange ,knowing that that majority of people in a world , has dark eyes,skin ,hair colour. There are def.less natural blondes blue eye girls. Feels like she is trying to get some attention and show of how beautiful she is now ,and how silly she was trying to look like not so atractive blond lighter skin people 🙁 dont like it. But yes she is very prity .

Kate
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Kate

blondes were definitely the standard of beauty ten years ago. the Paris Hilton and Abercrombie look were super popular

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Leighton

She is so full of herself. I am quite jealous of her skin though. It looks so smooth. She is also a bad actress from what I have seen…. And have you seen her youtube channel? She doesn’t do anything herself! It’s quite weird she even wants to show herself like that…. And really, I can’t get over all the retouching on her pics….

Annie
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Annie

Well, she probably has access to the best skin care products and dermatologists, then there are options like laser resurfacing and whatnot. If you have the money, it’s rather easy to get your skin to look like hers.

A
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not true, how many rich ppl(richer and more famous than her) that have crappier skin

HB
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She’s in her 20s. I haven’t seen anyone her age with crappier skin.

freds
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freds

Her skin is always rubbed with her friend/makeup artist’s body bronzer. She wears it almost all the time.

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Leighton

Well this is interesting. Thank you!

lc
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Wow great legs!

Calia
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Calia

kk

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BASS

She has the potential to be stunning, but the fake tan and cheap makeup make her look like a Kardashian (you can see the contouring on her nose…)

angry_bird
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angry_bird

Many of us did some unnecessary and even silly things while growing up. I remember it was a trend for girls in school to wear similar clothes, similar hairstyles, just to blend in with each other. How silly… Now I like being different from the rest of the crowd.

freds
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freds

Ugh, I like Shay but I hate when she says this. She always talks about this one thing, and makes vague references to “being bullied” in high school as if to come across as more relatable or that she had to do some deep internal work to get to where she is today. She was a model before acting and traveled the world, so I don’t believe a word of it.

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