In June, Kelly Marie Tran, the first woman of color to co-star in a Star Wars film, deleted her Instagram "after facing months of harassment from angry fans."
Now, she is providing context to her decision with a lengthy op-ed in the New York Times. In the piece, she says she’s spent much of life battling harassment and marginalization in a "white-dominated world."
The trolls, she writes, "seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories."
Tran no longer wants to live in such a constrained space: "I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings."
MORE TO COME
This is just the beginning, she writes: "You might know me as Kelly. I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a Star Wars movie. I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started."