Five Influential Multicultural Actresses

influential multicultural actresses

Women in the entertainment industry inevitably have an influence on the people who enjoy their work. Popularity affords power to affect change.

Celebrities can utilize their public platforms to draw attention to issues that are important to them.  Here are five influential multicultural actresses making power moves.

Five Influential Multicultural Actresses to Watch:

  1. Lupita Nyong’o – This African goddess broke our hearts in Twelve Years a Slave. Now, she is breaking barriers as the first Black woman to land a Lancome contract. In her desire to portray a diverse Africa and create opportunities for other people of color, she is starring in and producing “Americanah,” a love story of Nigerian immigrants.
  1. Priyanka Chopra – This Bollywood import has been steadily conquering Hollywood. She has a hit series in Quantico and is starring in Baywatch with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She is a vocal advocate for women’s rights in India. She is also a reminder to young Indian girls all over the world that brown beauty rules.


  1. Kerry Washington – A sophisticated and devastating beauty, the Scandal actress is an activist who uses her influence to draw voters to the polls to exercise their ultimate power. For many years, she has devoted her time to domestic abuse awareness so women can reclaim power over their own lives.
  1. Jennifer Lopez – This bodacious boriqua went from “Fly Girl” to “It Girl” by being one of the hardest working entertainers in the business. She broke barriers for Latinas by playing women from all walks of life. She can perform in Vegas and still do a thought-provoking television show. She is a business woman with her hands in fashion, fragrances and a production company. She is over 40 and is still a glowing example of the beauty of curves. She’s not done yet and she’s still “Jenny from the Block.”
  1. Sofia Vergara – All the way from Barranquilla, Colombia, Sofia Vergara worked her way to being declared the highest paid television actress in 2016 by Forbes magazine. People named her one of the “50 Most Beautiful,” but Billboard named her one of the most influential Latinas in Hollywood.'

Sameena Mughal

Sameena K. Mughal is an author, blogger, and educator living in West Chester, Pennsylvania, who is passionate about literature. Her debut novel, Shaherazade's Daughters was a feminist homage to the classic 10001 Arabian Nights. Her second book, The Siddiqui Brothers in Cairo follows the adventures of eccentric scientists who, ironically, are too forward- thinking for a time that is known for its forward- thinking, the Golden Age of Islam. She also writes sociopolitical commentary on her Behind and Beyond the Veil at