Here is the list of people who I thought were White. As you will see, I am not good at that sort of thing, especially when it comes to Eurasians:
Maya Rudolph – she does not look super White to me, but I thought it was because she was Jewish.
Yasmeen Ghauri – I knew her father was Pakistani, but she passed my Street Test: If I saw her walking down the street (with fashion-model lighting and make-up), would I think she was White? Commenters schooled me that that was not enough. You had to be of pure European blood. Jewish, Lebanese and Armenian were grey cases at best. Meanwhile, other commenters were informing me that the One Drop Rule was dead, that I was living in the past.
The next four women, like Ghauri, were all on my list of the most beautiful White women (in their younger days) based on my Street Test, believe it or not:
Kim Kardashian – I still think of her as White, but I know not everyone agrees.
Jennifer Beals – she seemed part Black to me, but in “Flashdance” (1983) she seemed to be regarded as White, so I assumed that she was.
Malcolm Gladwell – he does not look quite White, but since he wrote for the New Yorker and since serious White people took what he said seriously, I assumed that he was White, somehow.
Mariah Carey – when she first came out, I thought of her as a White girl who sang like a Black girl, a White Whitney Houston. To be fair, the golden lighting in her first video, “Vision of Love” (1990), made it hard to know what her skin colour was.
Eddie Van Halen
Freddie Mercury – aka Farrokh Bulsara.
Sir Ben Kingsley – aka Krishna Bhanji.
Dean Cain – aka Dean Tanaka.
Meg Tilly – aka Margaret Chan.
Walter Francis White – leader of the NAACP.
BASED ONLY ON THEIR VOICE (many of these are from the days of AM radio when you could not see what singers looked like):
Dan Hill – in the song “Sometimes When We Touch” (1978).
Marilyn McCoo – in the song “Wedding Bell Blues” (1969). I was surprised it was her.
Michele Norris – on NPR.
Carl Carlton – in the song “Everlasting Love” (1974), but not in “She’s a Bad Mama Jama” (1981).
Shirley Bassey – in the song “Goldfinger” (1964).
Yvonne Elliman – in the songs “If I Can’t Have You” (1977) and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” (1971).
Darius Rucker – as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Phil LaMarr – as the voice of Samurai Jack.
Jasmine Guy – as the voice of Sawyer in “Cats Don’t Dance” (1997). I was surprised it was her.
How I chose the pictures: I took the first colour picture of their face in Google Images that did not have messy copyright text. I did that so that I would not try to find their Whitest looking picture, consciously or subconsciously.
Thanks to Kiwi for inspiring this post.
– Abagond, 2015.
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- One Drop Rule
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