Jodie-Turner Smith Says Her Biracial Daughter Helped ‘Heal’ Her Conversations Around Colorism: ‘It’s The Universe Teaching Me Lessons’
British entertainer Jodie-Turner Smith is opening up about her motherhood journey.
The 36-year-old discussed her initial hesitancy towards becoming a mother during a recent interview but ultimately said the experience healed internal wounds regarding race and colorism.
Jodie Turner-Smith holds her daughter (circa August 2020)
Jodie-Turner Smith welcomed a daughter with her husband of three years, actor Joshua Jackson, back in April 2020. According to the UK-born model/actress, the only thing she was originally certain she wanted out of motherhood was having Black children with a Black partner. She reportedly explained:
“It’s interesting because I had a lot of resistance to becoming a mother…Throughout my life, I always said if I were to have children, I wanted to have Black, Black babies so that I could affirm them as children with the love that I felt I needed to have been affirmed with by the outside world.”
After wedding her husband in 2019, however, Jodie Turner-Smith said not having children with “somebody you love just because they’re white” was out of the question. Still, the “Queen & Slim” star shared she still held on to reservations as she understood the child would have a very different experience than her growing up biracial. She reportedly continued:
“I did have this mini pause, where I was like, she’s going to be walking through the world not only having an experience that I did not have, but looking like people that, in a way, I’d always felt a little bit tormented by,”
However, Smith added that having a half White child actually did the opposite of the expected torment. Instead, the experience reportedly allowed the new mom to heal internal issues she had growing up as a dark-skinned woman.
“Now that I’ve got this little, tiny, light-skinned boss, I feel like it’s the universe teaching me lessons. I’ve been given a daughter who looks this way to heal my own conversations around colourism.”
The international entertainer spoke more about the influence of race in her upbringing, expressing how lack of representation and discrimination warped her “psyche.” She stated:
“For a longtime in entertainment any sort of dark-skinned figures were held up as unattractive. That has a huge effect on the zeitgeist and it trickles down,”
“Anyone who has known me throughout my life would say, ‘Oh, Jodie has very high self-esteem.’ But it affected me, I just faked it till I made it. It wasn’t until adulthood that I began to come into myself. For a long time, people would even say to me, ‘You’re so pretty … for a dark-skinned girl.”
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