Freida Pinto

by ethnic on February 4, 2009

Birth Name: Freida Selena Pinto

Place of Birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Birth: October 18, 1984

Ethnicity: Konkani (Mangalorean) Indian

Freida Pinto is an Indian actress and model. She was born in Mumbai, India, and became famous in the U.S. for her role as Latika, in her debut film, Slumdog Millionaire.

Freida was quoted in article saying that she is of 100% Indian descent, of Mangalorean Catholic origin. Mangalorean Catholics are also known as Konkani people.

Freida’s surname is Portuguese. Many Indians took Portuguese surnames from missionaries who converted them to Christianity.


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phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

She looks like a more prettier and feminine version of Youtuber Superwoman

crunty February 25, 2016 at 10:09 am

She’s got a tad of Portuguese in her, methinks.

athelya December 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm

her name sounds latin

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Indians are some of the most racist people, they said she is too dark to be a Bollywood actress. I think she is gorgeous and her skin color is fine the way it is.

sparkles180 August 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm

Labeling an entire nation as racist is racist itself. Indians aren’t racist, you are. I’ve been called racist just because I’m white, labeling indian people racist because they’re indian is unfair and racist. A persons ethnicity doesn’t make them racist. Your just as bad.

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm

True statement you said.

Rella August 21, 2015 at 9:49 am

To be fair, a lot of Indians are racist, namely towards darker complected people.

Rella August 21, 2015 at 9:50 am
ashash November 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm

“Your just as bad.”


And I agree.

kninez December 6, 2015 at 1:21 am

That is a true statement, there are still millions of whites, especially in certain states in the U.S.A in 2015 that are as racist as plantation owners. xoxo was just stating a fact, Bollywood as well as lots of South Americans, glamorize the lighter/whiter looking members of their countries, turn on almost any Mexican or Brazilian show, whiter/European looking, straighter haired Latinos (who are a minority) account for over 95% of media. Not to mention the caste system in India, bleaching becoming rampant in certain parts of the world due to the media shun of darker people. Don’t be another ignorant sheltered white person who gets offended at facts and the real world….FACT is that lots of racism still exists in the Media that favors whiter/lighter looking individuals. smh

hesh123 December 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm

The media favors lighter looking people because that’s what people what to see/are attracted to.

athelya December 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

then you should tell americans to stop tanning lol

abbracci June 18, 2015 at 12:06 am

Her and Aishwarya are so pretty. Indian women>>

ashash November 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

India definitely has some of the most gorgeous women.

SpaniardIam May 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

“Pinto” is a surname of Portuguese origin. The Portuguese colonized several areas in India. She is also a Catholic like most Portuguese. All this confirms to me that should also have Portuguese heritage.

shobohunter September 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

there is no typical Indian looks. Indian or south Asian have variety of looks or physical features. languages cultural and religions. Ethnicity.
you can find east Asian ( I.E Chinese) looking people in northeast Indian and African tribes (south) and blue eye red hair people in North of India.
and real pure blooded Latin people are white European. not the south/Latin American Mestizos..
Nobody is pure blooded.

WTF August 17, 2014 at 4:45 am

y’all racist mothafuckers need to have several seats. yeah she might look like a latina, but the fact is she’s indian. indian people can be attractive, just like asian people, black people, hispanic people, etc….

sarahle September 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

indian woman ARE beautiful. I’ve been there. Beautiful People, really. To those who think that Indians can’t look good, please be quite. You should stop quantify attractiveness to the value of a country (India is actually not that poor at all, by the way). I don’t understand why people refer “richness” with beauty and poverty with “ugliness”…

zahid May 5, 2015 at 11:21 am

Yes they need look at Bollywood and one more thing indians are asian :)

ashash November 11, 2015 at 7:27 pm

I think Freida looks Indian, and she’s beautiful.

shobohunter August 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm


(She’s real pretty, especially since she’s indian.
Must say, she does look a little like people, a
pretty latina,! )

So one doesn’t have to look like the people (or little) of your belonging -country,race ,ethnicity, to be considered pretty. Do you also Don’t Have the typical look.
(She is pretty especially since she’s Indian)

It Doesn’t make much sense since what you had wrote before. I thought “she doesn’t look typical Indian” According to your expert opinion. on India

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

She Looks Very Mexican. But Certain Mexicans And Indians Do Look Like Each Other.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

She’s real pretty, especially since she’s indian. Must say, she does look a little like people, a pretty latina,!

Katz June 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

If she looks Latina then so do 70% of Indians.

shobohunter June 16, 2014 at 2:46 am

Latin is not a race .

Katz June 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

That’s true, but when most people say ‘looks Latino/a’ they mean Mestizo. I don’t see it with her.

ashash August 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

She looks Indian, which is what she is.

marjanel November 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm

For me the sterotype of latino is n Usa is more a indomestizo than a real mestizo.

marjanel November 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Many of Mexican “mestizos” imigrants in Usa would be considera indigenous in the rest of Latín Americans countries.

Mary Jane June 14, 2014 at 8:30 pm

She looks latina

Princess June 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Most Latinas are mixed with Indian.

shobohunter June 16, 2014 at 2:44 am

she is Indian from India. the country.

J.J. June 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

she does have a bit of a south american/iberian look, but her surname is portuguese and the portuguese did spend time in india not to mention her eyes aren’t dark brown and she has fine features so it’s quite possible there is european in her

Princess June 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

She looks Nigerian.

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

All of your posts are nothing bull troll posts….

tinasheeeee June 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

On what planet? lol

shobohunter June 16, 2014 at 2:48 am

planet insecure.

shobohunter May 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

she is considered dark.. catholic are mostly Dravidian in India. not many Punjab and Kashmir are catholic. light skin Indian lol.
catholic colonies were mostly south of India.
Portuguese franch Spanish in goa. .mostly catholic.

and we know that how white people only target tribal darkis primitive people and imposed their Christian believe. give them European name and money.. make them their slave.
believe in white Jesus make him your savior.

she said in her interview.( and became that controversy)
because of her dark skin she wouldn’t be cast as leading commercial bollywood actress. Indian hate her for that..

WTF June 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

most indians are really color-struck just like black people, asians, and darker skinned hispanics. they have this mindset that “white is right”, which is stupid af! darker skin is prettier than pale and sickly skin. white skin ages faster and gets wrinkles easier. i don’t get why some people of color have self-hate and want to be white so bad. what’s so great about being white?

J.J. June 5, 2014 at 12:30 am

white is put on a pedestal because of the media and the fact that it’s associated with blonde hair and blue eyes (even though most white women dye their hair blonde) which is seen as soft and beautiful because it’s the minority in the world. personally i prefer lighter skin in general but not fair skin more like mediterranean skin or the skin of a fair person who tans well. i also like rihanna’s and beyonce’s skin colour which would be neither light nor dark, somewhere in the middle of the skin colour spectrum. what is your ethnicity and nationality

Europa May 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

Incredibly gentle looking and gorgeous. Probably the only indian girl I’ve seen that’s pretty.

shobohunter May 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

most of u never seen an Indian than how can she be the prettiest indian girl you have ever seen

#dum and racist.

WTF June 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

this “europa” bitch is stupid af. indian women are beautiful. i’m not indian but i wish was or at least mixed with it. indian women, black women, mixed women, asian women, and hispanic women are the most beautiful women. white women are so plain and ugly. no offense. the only beautiful white women i’ve seen are the famous ones. angelina jolie is gorgeous but she looks mixed (IMO). she looks part black

J.J. June 5, 2014 at 12:26 am

hispanic women are white so saying they’re beautiful and white women are plain doesn’t make sense. angelina jolie is not mixed, she’s full white but she has slavic ancestry which would be why she doesn’t look like the stereotypical white american actress of germanic heritage. what europa said was irrational and controversial but if she doesn’t find indian women attractive in general well thats her opinion, i’m inclined to agree with her that freido is one of the prettiest indian women i’ve seen though.

andrew June 5, 2014 at 3:06 am


you’re the craziest person here, beauty is something of relative and it depends by tastes, not all mixed ppl look like vanessa williams unfortunately. How you know only ugly white people? coz you dont know eastern european women and mediterranean men, maybe.

ashash August 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I agree with you, WTF. However, there is an exception. Ashkenazi Jewish women are almost always stunning.

Jess March 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

She is the prettiest “Indian” girl i’ve ever seen like ever!?!? lucky grl….=)

Katz March 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Why is Indian in quotes?

Jess April 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

lol sorry just trolling ….still really pretty tho

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 4:36 am

she is average. not trolling

balkanboy March 10, 2014 at 9:13 am

Is she the lesbian girl in One Tree Hill Season 2?

Jess March 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

um no look again lol

ihatemostpeople March 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

No, that was Daniella Alonso.

the punisher November 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

She has Portuguese in her, “Pinto” is a Portuguese name

lucy November 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

err no, the goanese were converted to christianity and adopted portuguese surnames as the portuguese invaded goa. she isn’t ethnically portuguese. read a book

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 4:38 am

people always got confused with.
ethnicity race with religion and nationality.

J.J. June 5, 2014 at 12:32 am

i’m inclined to agree with the punisher, this woman has hazel eyes (light brown) and has somewhat of a european look in her appearance, even though indians may have changed surnames and religion, my assumption is that she has actual portuguese genetics if you trace back through her bloodline

Katz June 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Her eyes are dark brown. Hazel is a greenish-brown.

J.J. June 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

her eyes are most definitely not a dark brown, they’re at least a medium brown, noticeably lighter than the average indians. as for hazel being greenish brown that is a north american misconception, the true/original definition of hazel eyes are eyes that resemble a hazelnut which is essentially light brown. going into detail of what actual hazel eyes are would be defined as light brown iris’ with tones of gold, orange and red throughout, and most of the time would contain minimal amounts of green when observed in strong lighting which is usually present in the iris to help create the golden hues, however obvious green is by no means a requirement for true hazel eyes. the first person to describe eyes as the colour hazel was by william shakespeare where he compared a womans eyes to the reddish brown colour of a ripe hazelnut and in europe the true definition is still used, for some reason in the past 100 years or so north americans have distorted the definition of hazel eyes to being green and brown or any multi-coloured iris and due to americanisation many countries are now adapting their misconceived definiton. the true colour of a persons iris is always the outer colour so if someones eyes are green with brown around the pupil then they come under the green category (a name you could use would be forest green or mixed green), hazel eyes are brown. a good example of celebrities with true hazel eyes would be catherine zeta jones, julia roberts and justin bieber.

Alice June 6, 2014 at 4:29 am

Hazel been greenish brown is not just an American misconception. Most people I know use hazel to describe eyes with green and brown. Eyes that are fully brown has always been called just brown. It’s also commonly used in Britain and Ireland for brown/green eyes as well. Freida has brown eyes. Even very mixed eye colour with green, brown and blue can be called hazel. Hazel eye colour doesn’t have the same definition of hazel meaning light brown.

“Since hazel isn’t a specific, easily identifiable color many eye colors are classified as hazel when they don’t fit in to one of the other color definitions.”

“A light to strong brown or yellowish brown. Hazel eyes are renowned for containing glints of many colors. Their predominant color seems to be a pale- to medium-golden brown, especially radiating out from around the pupil. However, they usually contain a lot of yellow and blue rays farther out in the iris that combine to look like green. So hazel eyes will have a brownish-green appearance. However, because of the blue rays in the iris, hazel eyes can sometimes appear more blue or gray, depending upon the colors worn by the individual. Hazel eyes can be very beautiful.”

andrew June 6, 2014 at 5:39 am
J.J. June 7, 2014 at 12:36 am

exactly andrew, charlize’s eyes are not hazel, they’re blue with gold around the pupil making them green. Alice i’m amazed you’re an aussie and yet you chose to believe the american definition of hazel eyes being green and brown or any multi coloured iris, certain light brown iris’s which fit the description of a true hazel can contain minimal green but if the eye contains any type of blue colouration whatsoever then it can be in no way hazel. i’ve explained myself time and time again alice and yet you still remain skeptical to the matter, it requires common sense to understand really; hazel=colour of a hazelnut=light gold/reddish brown. the first person to ever describe eyes as hazel was william shakespeare who was a european and he was referring to a reddish brown colour, and in europe hazel still is used to identify light brown eyes which are luminous and resemble the colour of a hazelnut, very simple, all the sources you’re giving are of american websites which give bogus definitions like, “if the colours too hard to define, then it’s hazel”, which makes no sense at all, hazel is a colour of it’s own, not a combination of colours. unfortunately theres no sources to what true hazel eyes are as no ones ever conducted a study on how hazel definitions have changed over the years but if you look up definitions of hazel in dictionaries (particularly older editions), you’ll find many will give the definition of; a light brown, a reddish brown or a yellowish brown. and if you look at more recent dictionaries they’ll say greenish brown. and if you research the hazel eye misconception you’ll find many blog sites with people stating what hazel eyes are supposed to be, even on the wikipedia eye color page, on the talk section theres been numerous attempts of people telling them to change the hazel eye section to the actual meaning of being light brown. and as for you saying even in britain and ireland they call green and brown hazel, perhaps some do but to my knowledge the vast majority do not as i’ve spoken to numerous english and irish tourists and their definition of hazel is always a light brown and a quote an english tourist saying,”i don’t usually refer to eyes as hazel but i’d perceive it as like a light brown after a hazelnut, i don’t see why it would be green and brown, that doesn’t make sense”. Heres a blog page from the UK where hazel eyes are correctly identified

Alice June 7, 2014 at 5:25 am

It has nothing to do with American. I’m Irish and my mother has eyes that she describes as hazel and they are multi-coloured eyes and that’s the definition used in Ireland. Any people with any shade of brown are always called brown. If you look up the definition of hazel eyes on the internet they are described as brown/green. Light brown eyes are not hazel eyes.

J.J. June 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

it’s obvious i’ve wasted my time trying to inform you what the hazel colour actually since you’re so headstrong that its the north american definition of being multicoloured iris’ and refuse to research the topic properly as i have, so i’ll stop trying

Alice June 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

I’m not really that bothered about it. It seems to be more a passion for you. I was just explaining that it has nothing to do with Americans ideas about eye colour. It seems to be a universal explanation because it is used in Ireland and Australia as well. As I said previously I’ve never heard of “forest green” used for describing eye colour. You’re the only person I’ve heard use that description. Anyway knock your socks off it’s not really the main purpose of this site.

notional October 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Others have pointed out that her surname is Spanish, can someone double check her ancestry?

andrew October 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

it’s mainly Portuguese, I know some professional footballer named Pinto

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

the name pinto sounds spanish and she looks like she could have something spanish

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 2:55 am

I read, she has portugeze ancestors, as well. Her name is

Ryan January 18, 2013 at 6:17 am

Thought she was Mexican.

KLaw April 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

they all lookalike

Europa May 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

How is she even remotely mexican looking? Are you all americans fucking retarded?

Holly12 November 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

She is very beautiful!

KLaw April 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

thy all lookalike

DeanB November 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

She’s fully Indian, let’s stop thinking fine features and beauty is always white. A good number of Indians particularly from the north are very Caucasoid (white) whether they have a tan or not.

neiltennant August 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

india is in the near of pakistan and afghanistan borderline

a lot of afghans are white and there are even afghans or pakistani with light eyes

Jocelyn September 30, 2012 at 1:43 am

That’s true, I don’t know why your comment is getting negative thumbs down. I live in a part of California where it is mostly a beautiful Middle Eastern and Asian community, far different from my own culture. I’m ashamed to admit, but when I was younger (7-11 years-old) I was ignorant, and assumed everyone’s own ethncity, but always kept quiet about it. You might think everyone you see, where I live, is white, but no many of my classmates all the way from elementry to Highschool are of Middle Eastern and Asia (Persian, Pakistani, Afghan) blood. From that I learned that person of all ethnicity do not have a certain skin color, eyes, hair.

multiethnic April 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

It’s apparent that she’s part Portuguese. Check out the history of her ethnic group and the region they come from. There was a heavy Portuguese (lineage) influence.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

No. She’s fully Indian. Get over it.

christian March 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

interesting looks

she looks indian but can be considered as a latina or hispanic too

Angelina February 28, 2012 at 4:05 am

she looks exactly what she is,fully indian.

MP March 1, 2012 at 12:32 am

She looks like she had some rhinoplasty.

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

She is naturally beautiful.

MP February 27, 2012 at 12:17 am

Indians from India are part of the Caucasian race.

Tyrone February 28, 2012 at 3:06 am

Not the South Indians

Nick March 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

ye only North Indians

xforeverlove21 June 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

As much as they want to be white, their not. Indians are not considered Caucasian in general terms. They fall under “Asians”

eMI February 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm


dean February 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm






lol February 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

Yes INdians are part of the great brown race.

lol February 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

The national Census of India do NOT recognize ANY racial groups in India.They did away with racial classifications in 1951.They have racial admixture in India Caucasoids Australoids,Mongoloids and Negritios.India is very mixed they call themselves Indian they don`t care much for racial status.Why do you think they are brown? admixture obviously..You can`t mix some races through the years and call it the brown race that`s just stupid (“they have there own race the brown race”) ::P now i have heard it all.

me February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

yes, but the term “brown” is not correct, they are Southern Asian .

lol February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

Yes i know im right.

lol February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

India is South Asian not South East for you info :P))

Nick March 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Brown is just a slang used for various different groups of people who aren`t fully black or not white! Where i live it`s generally referred to Indians, Sri Lankans, Bengalis, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Afghans, and sometimes Arabs! But this changes from place to place, as in many places when u say brown it means brown like latino, in many places it means brown like Middle eastern, and in many places brown as in South Asian! It`s just a slang term really

KEMET August 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm



levangelista36 August 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

Who said she was white?

poppy February 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

Freda Pinto is Goan.They are dravidians and she is typical of that group of people.
Padma Laksmi is Tamil and she is typical of that group.
Aishwarya Rai was born in the south,speaks Telugi but is a north Indian.
Other northern Indians are Priety Zinta ,Kareena Kapoor,Karishma Kapoor .
Kajol and Rani Mukerjee are Bengalis.

For each of these you get hundreds of girls looking like them.Kajol is dark and a Bollywood actress.Rekka was dark and a superstar so there is no big thing about colour.But point is that the caucasion element is there from north to south.Its strongest in the north.They are a poor country and have no time for gimmicks.Thats them and I think non Indians are more vexed with colour than Indians are.
Non Indians seem to think that Indians look like that bcuz they want to be white.Sorry…..Indians are Aryans and caucasian by genetics.The caucasia of history and genetics is only up the road from India.Google up Rohit Bal,Rohail Hyatt,Saif Ali Khan,Hritk Roshan while you are at it.

Nick March 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Indians are either Indo Aryan or Dravidian, not Aryan

Europa May 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

How can she be Dravidian with such a pale skin tone? She’s obvioulsly belonging to a different ethnic group

lana February 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

She is BEAUTIFUL, a BEAUTIFUL Indian lady. Tis all.

Lizzy February 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

She’s NOT Hispanic/Latina, her ancestors probably converted to Christianity when the Portuguese colonized India, or maybe on of her ancestors married a Portuguese person but that was a long time ago and there was a ton of mixing with Indian after that so obviously she doesn’t look Hispanic.

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

True. Most Indian Catholics actually just took Portuguese surnames. There are a group of Portuguese-Indians, and she might have some ancestry from them but she might not.

anen February 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Never would of doubt she’s Indian. She has the Typical Indian coloring greyish-brown skin with dark/purple lips

storm January 28, 2012 at 1:29 am

she looks indian

lopac March 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

she is indian duhhh!

addie January 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

her last name is Pinto coz when the Portuguese came to india ,they ruled there and either converted ppl or ppl converted willing to Christainity willingly and took Portuguese sirname due to this.

Get your history facts first guys!

There were inter-racial marriages back then but those were like 1%

Jane January 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Your people are so stupid period. She has a European name that names she likley has European Ancestry not hard to figured out. India is made of so many groups of people. The Europeans you came and colonized India were the British, the French and the porteguese. Just like Rusell Peter he is a mixture of Indian and European. It is true many East Indian are mixed of European because of that time period in history. There is also black people who were brought to India as slaves through the arabs that what many sources are saying and mixed with the East Indians. This island in India has these groups that look like many black folks in parts of Africa. I always thought East Indian are look a mixture of European and black mixed for some reason so many of them fit that mixtured. They can be a cuban mixed with black, Domican ect.

Katz January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I don’t know for sure if she’s mixed with European or not. None of would, though she claims herself that she isn’t. She may or may not.

But using a name as evidence of having European ancestry is silly. I’m sorry. There are plenty of Indian Christians with Anglo names, so they must also all have some European ancestry? Let me guess, all the Muslim Indians must be mixed with Arabs. I’m not saying these mixtures don’t exist, surely they do (although the caste system is very rigid, so not every Indian has to have recent admixture just because there were invasions.)

John January 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

She kind of looks like Heidi Montag, but with darker skin and black hair.

Tyrone February 28, 2012 at 3:10 am

No She doesent. Why would you think that

Mac January 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

She is obviously Indian doesn’t look portuguese really!!!! But i thought she looked pretty Mexican or something like that not Portuguese/Spanish/Italian at all !!! I’ve seen some dark Italian/Spanish/Portuguese people with this girl’s skin tone but their features are completley different than hers you can tell this girl has non european features ! Some Southern Europeans who have really tan skin like hers you can still tell are white because of their facial features, body and everything !

sami January 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

@C Yeah India has many ethnicities and stuff, but majority of Indian muslims are surely not Pashtun/Pathan/Afghan! I don’t know where you heard that one from, because statistics show there are only 15,000 ethnic Pashtuns in India, and even most of Pakistan isn’t Pashtun, it has the largest Pashtun population in the world which is 44 million, but still that’s only 25% of Pakistan! Afghanistan is the land where Pashtuns originate and truly come from and we’re 50% Pashtun, the highest in terms of % !! Pakistan has a considerable amount of Pashtuns, but tbh Pakistan should not even be a country as the eastern half east of the Indus river should be given to India since that part of Pakistan is Punjabi/Sindhi who are similar to north indians except religion of course, and the western part is Pashtun and Baloch who are the same as Afghans/Iranians ! So it should be divided up all the eastern half in India, the Northwest in Afghanistan as it was always, and the southwest in Iran !

C March 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

You just rambled on and on about the Pashtuns and this had little to do with the data that I provided. I said that Pashtuns come originally from Afghanistan and many modern Muslim Indians (ex. Shahrukh Khan) are of Pashtun descent, not Indo-Aryan, though both ethnicities are of the larger Caucasoid race. I am not saying ALL, but am just saying that they are an example of an ethnicity that Indian Muslims are of. I am sure there are other central Asian ethnicities that they belong to as well :)

Mac January 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

She doesn’t look Portuguese really, but yeah her name is really portuguese but so are so many black peoples in Brazil it doesn’t make them ethnic portuguese. I think she looks like a Mexican!

Gutierrez January 29, 2012 at 7:01 am

She is Indian of India. You said she looks Mexican. Now people can understand why Colombus thought he was in India when he landed in the Americas in 1492!

ignorant killer 2 March 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

sha doesn’t look mexican if anything she looks portuguese. don’t forget portugal invaded india.

C January 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Okay first of all there is no such ETHNICITY as “Kokani Indian”. That’s like saying someone’s ethnicity is “Texan American”. Kokani is a cultural/language group, and India (like the US and Canada etc.) is made up of more than one ethnic group. It’s not as diverse as these North American countries, but you can still not just say that someone’s “Indian”. The people living in India today are:
1. Indo-Aryans: A caucasian ethnic and cultural group (that were in the beginning all Hindu)- caucasian because they have the same physical features as Europeans, North Africans, Middle Easterners etc.- who migrated initially to NORTH India from around Central Asia, thousands of years ago. Many Indo-Aryans are confused for Southern European (like Spaniards), Italian, or mixed ethnicity (something + European).
Here is a woman of Indo-Aryan descent:

2. Dravidians: Who are thought to be the true first inhabitants of the Indian-subcontinent. I think they are technically also of the caucasian race but are significantly darker in color. Once the Indo-Aryans migrated to North India, most Dravidians fled to South India to avoid conflict. They are also mostly Hindu today, but some converted to Catholicism due to the Portuguese influence in South India (which is why I think Frida is most likely Dravidian- maybe with a mix of Indo-Aryan-since her features are somewhat more European, and she is not as dark-skinned as most South Indian women)
* Google Nandita Das- she in an actress of Dravidian Descent*

3.Pashtuns: Easter-Iranic Ethnic Group (Most Muslims in India are of this ethnicity) that invaded India during the Moghul age I beleive. Most Pakistanis and Afghanis are also of this ethnicty.

4. Mongoloids/Other: Mostly in Eastern India, the people who tend to look more Tibetan or South-Eastern Asian.

SO THIS IS WHY YOU CAN NOT JUST CALL SOMEONE “INDIAN” (in regards to ethnicity). Indian is a nationality NOT an ethnicity.
I am a Canadian OF Indo-Aryan ethnicity. I wasn’t born in India, and have never lived there-don’t have Indian citizenship either. Therefore I am not Indian (not that there is anything wrong with being Indian, I just don’t like having my identity confused, lol).
Hope this clears stuff up for people :)

ethnic January 3, 2012 at 5:06 am

what about this article on Konkani people?

C January 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

The article is on the Kokani people AS a cultural/language group NOT an ethnicity! There is an article on “Americans” as well, but it is on the American people as a nationality and cultural group NOT an ethnicity. A wikipedia article proves nothing in your favor.

ethnic January 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

OK C, first of all i appreciate your informative comment on this post.

So would you say freida should be Indo-Aryan as her ethnicity?

C March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for appreciating what I wrote. Most people are unwilling to change what they think when they are presented with differing views and even logical evidence so thank-you :)

And I’m not 100 % sure, but I have a feeling that she is a mix of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian, but probably more Dravidian, as she looks slightly less European and more native to South India. Whatever she is, I like her unique look :)

Indie February 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Seriously, you cannot use these Bollywood women as examples of various Indian subtypes. Do you know how much plastic surgery, skin whitening, and colored contacts these women endorse? Trust me, India is possessed with skin color…the lighter the better. I too am of Indian heritage and have lived there off and on for many years. Frieda is a lovely woman, but is not be the face of all Indians. I see you also left off the “Siddis”…..they are also Indian, but of African heritage, and treated very poorly. BTW, until recently, you would have had dual Indian/Canadian citizenship.

C March 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

ACTUALLY I have never had dual Indian and Canadian citizenship. I have JUST Canadian citizenship (though there is nothing wrong with having both). You do not know me so I suggest you stop making bizarre claims over my nationality.

I did not mean to leave off the “Sidi” people. I was talking about the major ethnic groups of India today. I meant no offence, but clearly with your comments you did.

ae11 February 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

This is ridiculous, there is no Indo-Aryan ethnicity. The term is used to represent speakers of Northern and Central Indian languages, a very diverse group of over a billion people.

C March 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

ACTUALLY INDO-ARYAN IS AN ETHNICITY. I have done extensive research and readings into the Indo-Aryan invasion during my time as a double history major in university, and THERE IS evidence of an invasion from a central asian (Eurasian) people into the northern Indian subcontinent. You can ignore the facts but that will not change them.

Just because 1 billion people speak Indo-Aryan languages does not mean they are of that ethnicity. I can speak French fluently as well as English(my first language) , but that does not mean that I have French or English ancestry.

I am not saying that Dravidian is completely different in terms of ethnicity from the Indo-Aryans because both are of the Caucasoid race, JUST as the English and French are. But if you told a French person that they were actually of English ethnicity since there is not much genetic difference between the two, I have a feeling they would be quite offended.

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 10:13 am

I believe the Dravidians came from East Africa and looked like Ethiopians or Somalians . I dont think they ever were caucasians. Thats a racial myth and lie. ALSO the Europeans invaded North India much later . Dravidians were very dark Africans. There is no such thing as a chocolate black skinned ccaucasian. In fact Friedo is being cast in an upcoming movie where she plays a half black half white mulatto.

Luis Victoria December 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Who gives a —- if she is Portugese ,or not. Pinto is a portugese name. She looks darker than the average portugese person. If she says she is 100 percent Indian Than she is in MY BOOK. Her family may have adopted the name as the portugese colonized the Indian Goa region. It’s my experience that most Portugese do have the olive complexion with dark hair and dark eyes, but not all. Depending on what region your family is from in portugal, or spain. Typically you will see more a germanic type features on people from northern portugal, and spain This is due to the germanic tribes of centries ago. The Moors never made it up to the north, so the north was never influenced by them. Thank god for El Cid! But on the other side of the token if it wasn’t for the dark complected people(moors) we ,the portugese and spaniards would have never had the education and advancement to become a world power then! Either way everyone should be proud of who they are, If they are not, they should read up on their cultural history. There is Beauty in every race.

mene December 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Average? There is no Portuguese person as dark as her. There’s no denying she isn’t fully Portuguese, but people are arguing she has Portuguese ancestry, and given her European facial features (I know a lot of Indians have Caucasian facial features but hers are very western European/Iberian) it’s very probable. Most of her ancestry of course is Indian.

Gutierrez January 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

Of course she has some Portuguese ancestry. It may be diluted, but it’s there. Her facial features have a tad bit of European to it. Mediterranean. Just a tad.

Annika August 21, 2011 at 7:36 am

It´s not entirely impossible for her to have some portugese ancestry, in southern India and Bangladesh there were portugese christian pepople who stayed there. If her forefathers are portugese you wouldn’t see Freida having light eyes. Yes, I do think she must have some kind of mix, she has a very western face (small nose), compared to most of the actresses in Bollywood.

Jo June 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

she’s attractive and all I guess but I don’t see any exotic features.

Shelly May 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Frieda Pinto is beautiful and 100% Indian.

rafael July 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

i thought she was born in london

amber berg July 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Indian people from India are some of the most beautiful women in the world! Especially the dark ones!

Jim June 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

her last name is Portuguese or Spanish, but she makes no mention of being anything but Indian…

ethnic June 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

Christians Konkanis adopted Portuguese names when the Portuguese arrived. This may explain her surname.

Anonymous June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Never trust Wikipedia.

kathleen April 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm

so why is it when an indian person with a portuguese surname is not seen as having portuguese ancestry, (most of the time) but when a filipino has a spanish name they are quick to say they are effing ‘spanish’? no their not, they just claim to be spanish because they want to be exotic its been said that only 3% of the population actually have spanish ancestry, and all of them just happen to be celebrities and everyday people (sarcasm)

kathleen April 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

and even if they were spanish they would actually look european, they all look asian/malay. or if they were half spanish they would look like enrique iglesias’ mother who actually looks asian and european

Sven February 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

Indian\European isn’t “Eurasian”, that is East Asian/European. Indians and Europeans are Caucasians and most Indians and most Europeans are Indo-European.

Kelan July 29, 2011 at 7:17 am

Actually, the term ‘Eurasian’ was originally coined to mean what are now known as Anglo Indians-people of Indian and paternal European ancestry. But you are right, both Europeans and Indians are caucasian.

(it might help to know that the word Asian in the UK refers to South Asians and in the U.S. and many other countries Asian refers the East Asian.)

ethnic December 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Lisa Ray is another good EthniCeleb. Thanks for the comment.


im kira December 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

@ayan ,she must of thought that because in the article it reads that her “fore-father’s” were Portugese. But she states she’s pure Indian so dont worry>

Ayan December 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm

@Athena: Where on earth did you get that her father is Portuguese? If he were, how the hell would she end up looking like THAT? Eurasians look like Norah Jones or Lisa Ray.

ethnic December 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm

She was quoted in article saying she is 100% Indian.

Athena December 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Her father is Portoguese!!!

ARM July 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

ur fucking stupid!

Ugly June 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Having a Portugese last name doesn’t mean she has Portugese blood. Many Indians have Portugese surnames especially in the Goa region. A lot of these people are also Christians. Long ago, the Portugese came to India and I guess some Indians converted to Christianity willingly or unwillingly and changed their names.

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