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Jodie Turner-Smith on ‘Healing’ her Colorism Issues Through Raising a Biracial Child

British actress Jodie Turner-Smith covers the April 2023 issue of Vogue UK
Jodie Turner-Smith covers the May 2023 issue of Vogue UK

*British actress Jodie Turner-Smith recently opened up about how raising her biracial daughter is helping to heal her own lifelong feelings about colorism.

The dark-skinned beauty tells the May 2023 issue of Elle UK that she had “resistance” to becoming a mother before falling in love with her husband, actor Joshua Jackson.

The “Queen & Slim” actress recalled always wanting “to have Black babies,” so she could affirm the child’s experiences. But raising a child with Jackson, who is white, has changed her perspective.

“She is going to have a completely different experience in the world than I did, because I have given birth to a mixed-race girl,” Turner-Smith said about her daughter, Janie, who turns 3 this month. “To decide not to have a child with somebody you love, just because they’re white, was insane to me. But, at the same time, 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.”

She added: “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 colorism.”

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Jodie Turner-Smith in spring fashions for Elle UK
Jodie Turner-Smith in a fashion spread for Vogue UK’s May 2023 issue

Turner-Smith, born in Peterborough, England to Jamaican parents, also spoke about her daughter being a “nepo baby,” and how she plans on raising a daughter with a “level of privilege.”

“The best thing that we can do is let them touch the earth and be grounded and real – as real as one can be when you have the level of privilege that obviously my child has,” Turner-Smith told Elle UK. “I’m not acting like she’s not a nepo baby. But I worked damn hard to have a nepo baby!”

Turner-Smith and Jackson reportedly met at Usher’s birthday party in 2018, married in 2019, and welcomed their daughter in April 2020.

Below, the couple does a joint red carpet interview at the 2022 Met Ball:

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