Charli XCX

by nataly on June 9, 2014

2014 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison

Place of Birth: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 August, 1992

Ethnicity: Scottish, Ugandan Indian

Charli XCX is a British singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of Shameera (Manji) and Jon Aitchison. Her father is of Scottish origin. Her mother is Indian, from Uganda.

“I grew up around people throwing the word Paki around,” Charli has said. “And they’d be like, ‘Oh, we’re going to the Paki shop,’ like a corner shop or whatever. I personally think that’s really racist. A lot of people I knew would throw that term around, and it would always upset me, not because I’m Pakistani, but just because I thought it was really wrong. And my mom actually once had an incident where she was getting out of her car in broad daylight, in the middle of our town, and these guys went past her on a bicycle and threw a milkshake at her and called her a Paki. She was so upset, as she would be. But that’s nothing to some things that happen.”


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Kimmel May 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm

So, she’s mixed-race. I knew there was something interesting there and it’s a wonderful combination. As for her comments about her mother, she must have took them personally, because it was clear they were directed at South Asians as a whole.

Adrian1Cram February 27, 2016 at 12:19 am

She’s looks like an attractive white girl and she is white. I’m white I know how my race looks.

Middle eastern people look completely different and she doesn’t have an ounce of middle eastern in her. Travel across europe and you’ll see plenty of girls with her look.

fuzzybear44 February 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm

You might want to give some thought, that maybe those girls that look like her aren’t full European. Europe has a long history with many different people in it.

Katz March 2, 2016 at 4:11 am

Perhaps it’s you that needs to travel across the Middle East and the Caucasus (especially Iran and Armenia) and you will also see plenty of girls with her look. Nobody is disputing that she is white-passing, but saying “She looks and is white, I know because I’m white and (I think) Middle Easterners look totally different so that makes her pure white, end of story…” is too simplistic. If you knew your ‘race’ that well, you would also know that the vast majority of the Middle East are not considered a separate ‘race,’ if you believe in the concept of race. I’m not exactly sure what it is that you think Middle Eastern people look like to say that they look ‘completely different.’ That area of the world is much more diverse than you give them credit for, but the reality is that if you compared her to the vast majority of mainland Europeans, and the average Lebanese/Persian/Armenian/etc, she would easily fit in much better with the latter group, skin color aside (or not, many people from that area can be pale as well.)

But you were right about one thing. She doesn’t have “an ounce of Middle Eastern in her.” Her mother is INDIAN.

luckystar April 11, 2016 at 7:53 am

She was considered exotic in uk, so shes not white

luckystar October 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

She doesnt look white, she looks pakistani, arab, indian:

This site pick dark pictures for white people and light pictures for mixed people hahaha
She cant fit in uk, thats why people there asked if she was pakistani

chris91 November 22, 2015 at 3:04 am

She looks middle eastern to me more specifically armenian. Not white in the european sense at all.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Looks 100% white.

chris91 November 22, 2015 at 3:05 am

Dont lie to yourself.

Wolfman August 31, 2015 at 4:21 am

Yes I agree with you Andrew to a certain extent, but I know she could pass as Maltese, Sicilian, Southern Italian and maybe even Greek? Because I have a friend from Malta whose daughter looks just like Charli XCX.

andrew August 31, 2015 at 5:55 am

Maltese are on average more exotic than Southern Italians and Greeks, who look often similar. Sicilians are just Southern Italians.

Wolfman August 31, 2015 at 6:08 am

My friend’s daughter is also part Italian, English and her dad’s ydna line is halogroup G he traces his origins to South Ossetia. LOL

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

She’s very pretty. I thought she was full white until now. It’s sad that she faced racism. She reminds me of a young Dita Von Teese, absolutely gorgeous!!

cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

She does look a lot of European. Not just her complexion but her facial features, some people here in America may assume she’s 100 percent white, when she’s 50 percent.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm

her mom must have some white in her because she passes as white.

Katz July 27, 2015 at 8:01 am

She doesn’t necessarily have to be more than 50% white to pass as white. Her mother looks fully Indian, and she doesn’t look like a typical white girl anyway, she looks more like a Persian or Arab. Gives me a Haifa Wehbe vibe.

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm

She looks like a typical white american girl, I had no idea she was from england and wasn’t fully white. I see plenty of white girls that look like her and I’m a white american girl myself. :)

Gurrl August 8, 2015 at 1:00 am

I see the Indian in her eyes/eyebrows. It was obvious to me she was something multi-ethnic even when i didn’t know her ethnicity when i first saw her.
Indians are Caucasian and some people are just distracted by her fair skin when they say she looks just European. She could also pass as a Middle Eastern girl.

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm

No way she doesn’t look middle eastern at all, they’re features are bigger and hers isn’t. Her skin isn’t tan enough either, shes naturally very pale and her features look much smaller without the makeup. Looks more italian/french. She looks like half the white girls at my school.

Katz August 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm

You’re right, her complexion is what’s throwing people off, though if you Google her without makeup you’ll see her complexion isn’t quite so pallid. In all honestly if you photoshopped her makeup-less wearing a scarf into a picture with a group of Persian women (at least any of the ones that show up in the Google image results) I probably wouldn’t be able to pick her out as ‘foreign,’ and if she wasn’t famous I doubt many others would be able to either. She certainly passes as white, but she could very well pass in many parts of the Middle East as well.

sparkles180 August 20, 2015 at 1:13 am

The persian women on google images look very brown and their features are so arab looking, she looks pale with european features haha. They look completely different. Iranian women are brown and she looks white, I just don’t see the resemblance. If I put her in a group of white girls then she blends in, I see so many white girls that look like her on a daily basis.

Katz August 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

There’s a lot more to it than skin color though. I agree that she passes as white, but those features are not exclusive to Europeans. She has that wide jaw and defined brow that are common to many women in the region. She looks a lot like the South Asian Rihanna video model Sanam. Those are the sort of features I’m talking about.

andrew August 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm

she doesn’t look European. She looks Lebanese or something.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 2:05 am

let us think out of the view of hollywood and racists

i think as hollywood producer i would cast her as white and i don’t think that she would face racism in britain

neiltennant July 2, 2015 at 1:53 am

she would fit perfectly to poor people areas in britain like MANCHESTER or NEWCASTLE

mermaid_ June 4, 2015 at 2:03 am

She looks like a light skinned Indian

thomas1987 June 4, 2015 at 3:56 am

She looks English, millions of English girls look like her.

A user June 4, 2015 at 4:35 am

Not really, if i saw her i wouldn’t think she was ethnic english.

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

She looks like a typical white girl, look how pale her skin is and her facial features, she doesn’t even have natural olive skin. Not all English people have blonde hair, many have dark hair too. The Jenners, Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham are English yet she looks more English then all of them. Most people think she’s white cause she does looks white, we aren’t blind :)

A user August 8, 2015 at 4:06 am

She does actually have an olive skin tone and her skin isn’t that pale which is why i said she doesn’t look english. English people tend to have either paler faces or more ruddy faces( have more red in them).

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Her natural skin is very pale, she tans to get the olive skin. She doesn’t really look english but she does look very european, many english people have darker complexions though, add her accent, now it’s easy to mistaken her.

CutieMeg May 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm

i swear she looks like 90 % of white girls. not trying to be rude just honest. it really annoyed me how boring looking she is. can’t see any indian in her. just a generic white chick

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

She’s aiight looking I guess
Thought she was Italian or a Spaniard.

Girll November 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Very pretty. And she looks of mixed ethnicities.

Caucasian? So? Different types of Caucasians look different. She looks exotic compared to the typical English girl.

When i first saw her i wondered what her ethnicity is. Her eyebrows, eye shape and nose show her Indian side.

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm

In america everyone would think shes white. She looks like a typical white american girl to me. Her nose and eye shape look very european, not indian. She also has pale skin and no olive undertones. She looks no where close to mixed.

lottiexo September 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I’m half pakistani and people say I look exactly like charli xcx. If you look at her features closely, you can tell she’s mixed.

andrew September 12, 2014 at 2:59 am

she has Caucasian features.

J.J. September 12, 2014 at 4:37 am

well technically speaking she is caucasian even though she’d be considered mixed race not white

andrew September 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

it depends which kind of Pakistani ethnic group her mom is. I read she’s Gujarati. Btw I dont consider “mixed race” an Euro-Pakistani blend like her or the guy from One Direction

J.J. September 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

well euro-pakistani/indian are mixed race in the sense they’re eurasian, but they’re still caucasian

Girll November 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I don’t consider her mixed “race” either since Caucasians don’t only include Europeans. They include Middle Easterners, Berbers, and non-oriental Asians(Pakistani, Indian etc.)

But i do consider her mixed. A European mixed with another european nationality is what i don’t consider mixed.

Dogg December 31, 2014 at 3:46 am

India is very diverse. Not all Indians have “Caucasian” features and could be considered Caucasian. North Indian people have Caucasian features. South Indians on the other hand are partially related to Andaman Islanders.

Dogg December 31, 2014 at 3:47 am

*Andamanese people

thomas1987 October 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

She doesn’t look mixed. Her facial features are Caucasian.
and Indians are also in the Caucasian race with Europeans.

Dogg December 31, 2014 at 3:47 am

Not all Indians are Caucasian or have Caucasian features. India is a very diverse place.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Not really, she looks like an average English girl.

Harriet September 1, 2014 at 3:36 am

There’s so many small minded people in the world & I would know, living in one of the ‘whitest’, racist places in the UK.

neiltennant August 31, 2014 at 8:35 am

there are pics where she stands next to ariana granda and iggy azalea and some would think that those 2 are mixed and not her

i don’t know one half indian or half pakistani who look like her

she looks very white. Especiually in britain there are so many black haired beauty-celebs who look like her

look at keira knightley or vic beckham- Also a little bit darker but white

she has very white skin.

She could fit in italy, britain(dark irish/brits) or in eastern europe but especially in greece

marina and the diamonds singer marina is half greek and could be her sister

neiltennant August 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

sorry for double posting !

i don’t know how it happened

could somebody delete one of the posts ?

thank you very much !

neiltennant August 31, 2014 at 8:27 am

no no she doesn’t look half indian

i know dozens of those half indians over decades and they look different.

I think one of her parents is a more white indian

she looks european. She could pass for italian, greek

first i saw her i thought she were the marina girl

marina is half greek

Katz August 31, 2014 at 9:44 pm

From the picture she posted on Instagram, her mother is somewhat light-skinned, but definitely doesn’t look white. Charli actually looks like a much younger version of her, just lighter.

everyoneisthesame September 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

Katz can you show a picture?

Katz September 1, 2014 at 7:22 am

I’m not sure if I can link the Instagram here, but the caption is ‘normcore m&d.’ If you search that in Google it might come up on an alternative viewer.

everyoneisthesame September 2, 2014 at 4:25 am

Thanks!You right her mom dont look fully white.

Katz September 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Yeah, I think her mum is fully Indian, just on the lighter side. I can definitely see her in Charli.

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm

I agree she doesn’t look indian, charli has paler skin and lighter hair then marina and marina is greek, I thought charli was french!

Shawn August 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

she pretty much look like a standard British girl

kosko August 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Nah, she is darker than a standard British girl. Yes some 100% British people are as dark as her, but they are definitely in the minority.

annfast June 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

Maybe her mother of Pakistani-Indian descent?

ihatemostpeople June 10, 2014 at 5:54 am

I just thought she was white. She doesn’t look half Indian.

Katz June 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

She left a comment on twitter yesterday saying not to trust wikipedia. Not sure if that was in response to an edit about her mother being Indian, but if it was, it’s quite odd seeing as she’s tweeted about her Indian heritage before from that very same account, and the article is sourced where she’s quoted talking about it. Confused. anyone know for sure?

tinasheeeee June 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I knew she was mixed with something, but she is very beautiful. She reminds me of Marina & The Diamonds.

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