'Lizzie McGuire's Lalaine Vergara-Paras was made to look as white as possible during childhood

She is best known for her role as Miranda Sanchez, a Mexican-American student on Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire" from 2001 to 2004. 

Lalaine Vergara-Paras is opening up about the effects masking her ethnicity in Hollywood have had on finding her identity as an adult.

She was feeling out of touch with her Filipino heritage, revealing that most of her life growing up she was forced to look as 'white' as possible.

"These days I struggle to find photos where I look as ethnic as possible. Or like in this photo the most East Asian I've ever looked. In order to see, for most people, you have to zoom in on ma face."

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