What is Karrueche Tran's ethnicity? Parents and unique name explored

Eve Edwards November 21, 2022
What is Karrueche Tran's ethnicity? Parents and unique name explored


We take a look at Karrueche Tran’s ethnicity after the Emmy Award-winning actress made an appearance at the American Music Awards (AMAs) 2022.

While Wayne Brady served as the show’s main host, Karrueche Tran was one of 18 famous faces presenting awards at this year’s AMAs. Tran was recruited to present the award for Favorite Pop Album, which went to Taylor Swift for Red (Taylor’s Version).

Although all eyes were on Taylor after her big win at the AMAs, some music-lovers are curious to know more about Tran, especially as her appearance at the AMAs followed ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s win, who was notably absent from the awards show.

So, let’s find out more about Karrueche Tran.

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Karrueche Tran: Family and background explored

Karrueche Tran is a 34-year-old actress hailing from Los Angeles. She was born on May 17, 1988 and grew up near West Hollywood, attending Fairfax High School before switching to Birmingham High School in the San Fernando Valley.

Tran was raised by her mother and Jamaican godmother. She maintained a close relationship with her father, despite not being raised by him. Tran’s mother remarried an English man and they had a son together. Karrueche Tran’s half-brother is ten years her junior.

The Claws actress has frequently spoken of her blended household, praising all the perks of being raised by her family. Tran once sweetly tweeted: “I think I love food ’cause I was raised in a Jamaican household.”

What is Karrueche Tran’s parents’ ethnicity?

Karruche Tran has been vocal about her heritage and embraced both parents’ ethnicities. Her mother is Vietnamese while her father is African-American and is from Compton, California. In an interview with Complex, Tran stated she identifies as both black and Vietnamese.

“My father’s black,” Tran told Complex. “Race sometimes is an interesting topic… It’s like I’m not Asian enough, I’m not black enough.”

But Tran also reveals that, as a child, she never really saw race because she “was so used to having all these different cultures of race around me.”

“I love [having parents of different ethnicities] because it helped me grow so diverse and accept different cultures,” Tran told Sway Calloway on Sway In The Morning in September 2017.

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Karrueche’s parents made up her unique name

Karrueche Tran was destined to stand out from birth thanks to the unique name her parents chose for their baby daughter.

Tran’s mother and father decided to make up a name, despite growing up in an environment that favored ‘traditional’ American first names such as Ashley and Britney, Tran explained to Complex.

Tran takes her mother’s surname, which is a common family name in Vietnam. It is one of the most common Vietnamese surnames after Nguyen, as reported by Vietnam Daily.

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Karrueche praised the women who raised her

The Emmy Award-winning actress has consistently praised her family during her career, particularly celebrating the women who raised her.

On May 9, 2021 she shared a sweet snap to Instagram with her mother, followed by a photo with her godmother:

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