Some have called it “the swirl.” Others have called it “never going back.” Gwen Stefani, in “Long Way To Go” called it “snow [hitting] the asphalt.” Whatever you choose to call it, there’s no denying that interracial relationships are exciting. They bust through convention like a battering ram through the door of a burning apartment containing a little old lady and her cat.
According to the 2010 census, 1 out of every 10 American marriages is now interracial. That marks a 28 percent increase from the year 2000, most likely due to Jennifer Lopez’s highly publicized relationship with Ben Affleck at the beginning of the decade - just kidding.
In an episode of the tragically defunct ABC sitcom Happy Endings, black husband Brad says to his white wife Jane that their food order is lagging because they’re “black on blonde.” The above quoted Gwen Stefani song, with the use of its wonderful metaphor, is an outcry against the harsh criticisms mixed-race couples receive. Although we acknowledge the inherent politics of mixed-race dating, we are not here to make a political statement. All we want to do is list the 14 sexiest interracial couples in Tinseltown.
14 Zoe Saldana and Marco Saldana
This one is a bit odd. Marco Saldana, formerly Marco Perego, took his wife’s name upon marrying her in 2013. She thinks it’s weird, too, and tried to talk him out of it, but perhaps he wanted the name recognition. After all, he’s a relative unknown and she’s a smoking hot megastar. Either way, they’re now married and have twin boys, Bowie and Cy. She says that Cy looks Cambodian and Bowie is “[their] little pharaoh.” Saldana (F) is of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Haitian, and Lebanese descent. Saldana (M) is white Italian.
13 Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs
Robert Pattinson, who most people know as Edward Cullen from Twilight or, more recently, the guy who Kristen Stewart cheated on, is now engaged to emcee FKA Twigs. FKA Twigs is a British singer-songerwriter who will very soon break into the mainstream. Their romance first became known in August of 2014, when they were spotted together in New York City. Six months later, they were engaged to be married. They both say they’re not going to rush anything, and they’re happy to remain simply engaged for now.
12 Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan. MJ - THE MAN. One of the famous athletes of all time, if not the most famous. Last year, Forbes estimated his worth at one billion dollars. So who is this Cuban lady he’s been married to since 2013? It turns out she’s a former model, who has posed for acclaimed designer Alexander Wang. However, pictures of her modeling are hard to find. She also once dated Julio Iglesias, who called her simple. “She's a fantastic girl and I like her. Aside from her beauty, which is obvious, she is loving, simple and a very good person.”
11 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
John Legend wrote his #1 song, “All of You,” about new wife Chrissy Teigen (who is, by the way, a mixture of Norwegian and Thai.) They made the union official two years ago almost to the date; they were married on September 14th, 2013. But the couple has been together since Teigen was twenty, so almost ten years (she is 29 currently.) She says she waited a good amount of time for him to ask her to marry him, because she was trying to play the “cool girl.” But he finally proposed to her in Maldives, putting a ring on his interracial love.
10 Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes met while filming the 2011 movie The Place Beyond the Pines and got married shortly thereafter. Just a few days ago, on September 12th, they celebrated the 1st birthday of the product of this sexy, interracial union -- their daughter Esmeralda Amada. Besides being interracial, this union is also intergenerational. Eva Mendes is forty-one years old and Ryan Gosling is thirty-four. Although the age gap is not enormous, it still makes the couple just a little more interesting.
9 Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
After the story broke that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were splitting up because Ben couldn’t resist the nanny, people were devastated to hear that Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves might be getting a divorce, too. Although they’ve only been married a short while, since 2012, apparently they’re having nonstop fights, especially because McConaughey focuses too much on his career and because he doesn’t want Alves to focus on hers. But rumours are just rumours, and for the time being, one of the sexiest interracial couples in Hollywood is still joint.
8 Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett
Amazingly, Kendra Wilkinson and her husband Hank Baskett are still together. Wilkinson had just given birth to her second child when a scandal broke that Baskett was having an affair with transsexual model Ava London. Although Hank acknowledges now that he “hung out with her,” he claims that when the relationship was secret, she extorted him with a recorded conversation where he begged her not to leak the information. After all of this, he and Kendra are still together, with Kendra even saying that divorce was “not even a question.” She might be a playboy bunny, but she stands by her man.
7 Salma Hayek and Francois Pinault
Salma Hayek first met Francois Pinault, a very wealthy French businessman, in 2006. A year later, they welcomed their first child, Valentina. They then split up in 2008, during which year Pinault became involved with and impregnated Linda Evangelista. They split up, so that he and Hayek could reunite, and she now receives thousands of dollars in child support each month. Hayek and Pinault got married on Valentine’s Day in 2008, and are still very much in love, she having recently gushed about how wonderful he is to UsWeekly.
6 Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa is known as America’s sweetheart. She’s been hosting Live! Since 2001, after she replaced Kathie Lee Gifford alongside Regis Philbin. After Regis left in 2011, she became the lead of the show. Her universal belovedness was recently addressed in Broad City, when Abbi meets her and assumes she’s family-friendly, then it turns out that she’s a party animal. She married Mark Consuelos, a Spanish-born American actor, in 1996 and they now have three children together.
5 David Bowie and Iman
Iman is a sixty year old Somali supermodel and businesswoman. She retired from modeling in 1989 to focus on her makeup line Iman Cosmetics. In 2015, she celebrated her 23rd wedding anniversary to English rock star David Bowie, of “Space Oddity” and “Changes.” They were married in 1992. Nine years later, they had a daughter named Alexandria Zahra Jones, now fourteen. It being a marriage between a gorgeous African supermodel and a charismatic white rock star, it is undeniable that this union is one of the sexiest interracial relationships in the Hills.
4 Ice T and Coco
It’s been a good year for interracial couple Ice T and Coco, who’ve become household names since their reality hit Ice Loves Coco. They announced that they were going to premiere a new talk show, imaginatively named Ice & Coco, where they plan on being “real, crazy, funky, and fun.” Also, as Ice T says, “nobody knows what I’m going to say next,” which is so lame, but we guess makes for good television. Also, they are going to have a baby.
3 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
One of the most famous interracial relationships of our generation, and this one lasted more than 73 days! Unlike her infamous two-and-a-half month marriage to Washington Wizards forward Kris Humphries, Kim and Kanye have been married for almost two years. They are currently expecting a second baby, due December of this year. Since Kim and Kanye have gotten together, they’ve gotten a lot of media attention, from naming their child a compass direction to making a video of them naked on a motorcycle. At least there’s no sex tape (but a man can still hope.)
2 Bella Hadid And The Weeknd
This couple kept their relationship secret for months before coming out to the press. They too attended the Alexander Wang show, sitting in the front row in coordinated outfits. The relationship became essentially public after the Much Music Video Awards, when Bella Hadid posted a picture of The Weeknd kissing his “sister” Gigi Hadid on the cheek when he ran up to collect his trophy, and then later when Gigi posted a picture of them from behind with only the caption: “Congrats my brother.”
1 Kylie Jenner and Tyga
It’s been an open secret of Hollywood for quite some time now that Kylie Jenner is dating the rapping Tyga, seven years older than she, (she's 18 and he's 25). Since she was a minor, they could not show affection in public. However, since her birthday in August, they’ve been attached at the lips. They recently made their debut at the New York Fashion Week Alexander Wang show, where they slurped on each other all night long - in front of the media, the sisters, and the terrestrial God Alexander Wang.