20 Beautiful & Inspiring Interracial Celebrity Couples

Look at any two people's DNA, and one will find that we are almost entirely the same, no matter what our skin tone. And though many times we focus on the tiny percentage that gives us physical differences, when we fall in love, all bets are off. It's no different among celebs, who have been crossing racial lines for decades, from Sammy Davis Jr. and Kim Novak to Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego, often facing down haters in the process.

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These couples show that love has no boundaries; they just love each other, and it is a truly beautiful thing to behold. We want to see more of these types of relationships being shown in the media and pop culture, because as we learn time and time again: Representation matters.

We found pictures of our favorite celebrity couples who are in interracial marriages or relationships. These duos showed that their love is not just beautiful, but also completely normal. 

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Take a look through these photos of some of our favorite interracial couples, who prove that love wins. 

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  • George & Amal Clooney

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    He's from Kentucky, of European descent, and she's Lebanese. She's a human rights lawyer and he's been part of efforts to bring attention to Darfur and other places where people are suffering. When they chose each other, it was clear that they had something more important than race in common.

  • Nicole Richie & Joel Madden

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    Adopted by Lionel Richie and his then-wife, Nicole Richie is actually the daughter of a Mexican musician (and brother of drummer Sheila E.) and his wife, whose background is unclear. She and Joel Madden have been married since 2010. 

  • Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs

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    Twitter can be a virtual cooler full of haterade, especially when it comes to race. Just ask singer FKA Twigs, who has been called everything from "monkey" to "black b----" on the social media site for daring to — wait for it — date white actor and fellow Brit Robert Pattinson. She herself is of white, Jamaican, and Spanish descent. While FKA Twigs says the trolling has been hard to deal with, Pattison came to her defense, calling the detractors "demons who live in basements."

  • Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

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    Plenty of celebrities have received negative comments for being in interracial relationships, and Kim Kardashian, whose father was Armenian and whose mother is white, is no different. The reality star has dated mostly black men, prompting one particularly nasty comment from a teenage bystander who called her a "n----- lover" as she entered a building. Luckily, she'd learned to brush off haters, thanks to her dad's early advice about interracial relationships. "He said I should prepare myself for people to say things about me," she says. She simply told the teen, "You shouldn't use racial slurs," and kept walking.

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  • John Legend & Chrissy Teigen

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    He is a soul-pop king and a proud African-American but as John Legend found out on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, he is also one-third European. His wife, model Chrissy Teigen, is Thai and Norweigan. The bubbly couple has inspired Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to develop an upcoming sitcom based on their marriage. 

  • Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego

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    Actress Zoe Saldana, who is is partly of black Dominican descent, and married to Italian artist Marco Perego, once told BET that she finds constant interview questions about her racial makeup and people's obsession with race tiresome. "I can't wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as indiviuals and not what they look like," she said.

  • America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams

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    Onscreen in Our Family Wedding, America Ferrera played a Mexican-American college grad breaking the news to her family that her fiance was African-American. Offscreen, the Honduran-American actress also in an interracial marriage, to fellow actor Ryan Piers Williams, who is white. 

  • Maya Rudolph & Paul Thomas Anderson

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    Her parents broke racial and cultural barriers when they married in the 1970s: Her mom was the African-American soul singer Minnie Riperton; dad Richard Rupolph came from an Ashkenazi Jewish family originating in Central Europe. Most people probably wouldn't raise an eyebrow to learn that Rudolph has a white partner, director Paul Thomas Anderson (and four kids!).

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  • Beyonce & Jay-Z

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    Appearances — or, rather — assumptions can be deceiving. Beyonce and Jay-Z are always referred to as being a black couple, and so they are, proudly. But Beyonce's ancestry is actually varied. Her mom, Tina Knowles, is from New Orleans, the original American melting pot, and has African, Native American, and French ancestry.

  • Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery

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    She heads one of the most diverse casts on television, and offscreen, Ellen Pompeo is married to Chris Ivery, a black record producer, and the couple share a daughter. She's been criticized, however, as being naive for making statements about not seeing the need for NAACP Image awards, and saying she rejected a push for Isaiah Washington to play her love interest on Grey's Anatomy because it was "too close to home." Hmm.

  • Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake

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    Much has been made of Jessica Biel's gorgeous high cheekbones and their Native American origin. We don't know where she got them — why not her Hungarian Jewish and Danish heritage? — but Biel does boast Choctaw ancestry. She's been married to Justin Timberlake since 2012.

  • Lisa Bonet & Jason Momoa

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    When Cosby Show alum Lisa Bonet met ex-husband Lenny Kravitz, she says she found someone to whom she could trust her feelings, partly because each had black and Jewish parents. The two had a daughter, Zoe, together. Fast-forward to the present — and Bonet has clearly gone in a different direction. She has two more kids with husband Jason Momoa, who is partly of Native Hawaiian descent. The two married in 2007.

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  • Benjamin Bratt & Talisa Soto

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    There may be a tendency to lump all Latinos into one ethnic or racial category, when the truth is that diversity reigns, as married actors Benjamin Bratt and Talisa Soto can attest. While she's of Puerto Rican descent, he traces his lineage to Peru (via his mom, who is Quechua, an indigenous group) and Germany, through his dad. They've been married since 2002.

  • Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

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    Actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, whose father is Mexican and mother is white, says she and her husband Cash Warren, who is of African-American and white descent, want their daughters to embrace who they are, and focus on what's important: Their future. "People just look at themselves as humans," says Alba, who has been married to Warren since 2008. "It's more about who they want to be."

  • Wanda & Alex Sykes

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    African-American comedian Wanda Sykes is married to a white French businesswoman, so of course, she got plenty of material for her stand-up show from their relationship, including joking about realizing she's got to take care of her own health, because she can't "leave her white wife to take care of biracial babies' hair."  

  • Enrique Iglesias & Anna Kournikova

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    While most people know that singer Enrique Iglesias is the son of legendary Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, they may not know that his mom is Spanish-Filipina. His longtime love? Retired Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova, of course. The two have been together since 2001. "She's my girl and best partner in all my adventures," Iglesias says. 

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  • Gabrielle Reece & Laird Hamilton

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    Volleyball pro and sports announcer Gabrielle Reece is living proof that no matter what their ethnic makeup, people can come in all shades. Reece's father, who was killed in a plane crash when she was 5, was black, from Trinidad, and her mother is a white Briton. She and surfer Laird Hamilton, who is Greek-American, have been married since 1997.

  • Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf

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    Two tennis champs, one (seemingly) successful marriage. Steffi Graf, who is German, and Andre Agassi, whose father was Iranian of Armenian descent, married in 2001, after Agassi had conquered an addiction to drugs and other demons, and after a failed marriage to Brooke Shields.

  • Tina Turner & Erwin Bach

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    An enduring interracial couple, music legend Tina Turner and German music executive Erwin Bach got married at their Swiss estate in 2013 — after 27 years as a couple. She even learned German and Swiss history in order to pass an exam to earn Swiss citizenship, relinquishing her American citizenship in the process. Now that's love.

  • Salma Hayek & Francois-Henri Pinault

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    Mexican actress Salma Hayek may be from Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, but part of her roots lie in Lebanon, where her father's family is from. She married French fashion tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault in 2009, and lives that fabulous, impeccably dressed life in Paris. 

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