Tia Mowry is opening up about the past racism she’s faced, even while she was starring on Sister, Sister in the early 1990s.
The 42-year-old actress was featured on an episode of ET’s Unfiltered and recalled how she learned to love herself despite the hate being thrown at her.
“To this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful,” Tia started, before adding that she spreads that love to her children. “I tell him [son Cree] how handsome he is, I tell him, you know, he is smart. Because I know what it feels like for someone to devalue your worth, and I don’t want my children to ever, ever, ever, feel that. And not have the strength, or the foundation, to not believe it. To believe that they are worthy.”
She remembered one moment when she felt like she wasn’t worthy was when she and twin sister, Tamera, “wanted to be on the cover of this very popular [teenage] magazine at the time” and they “were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell.”
“I will never forget that. I will never forget where I was,” she added. “I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that wasn’t right.”
Tia continues, adding that she was also feeling insecure about many other things, including her hair.
“I would feel insecure about my hair because being young and being in this business, I never saw girls like me. I never saw girls that, you know, were embracing their curls or I never saw curly hair being portrayed as beautiful,” she says.
Just recently, Tia got candid with fans and showed off her weight loss since giving birth to her second child in 2018.