Mixed Up: ‘I spent a large part of my life wishing I was just one race’

‘I spent a large part of my life wishing I was just one race’ (Picture: Jerry Syder for Metro.co.uk)

‘I spent a large part of my life wishing I was just one race’ (Picture: Jerry Syder for Metro.co.uk)

Being mixed-race can be complicated. Straddling two or more cultures, often feeling like you’re not quite enough of either. But there are also unique pleasures and benefits of being in this position – a multiplicity of languages, religions, cuisines and perspectives on the world.

For many, it’s about occupying two identities simultaneously, reconciling the differences and trying to carve out a space to exist between the two.

Mixed Up is a weekly series that aims to go beyond the stereotypes and get to the heart of what it means to be mixed-race in the UK today.

Ilayda McIntosh is a writer and photographer. She is Turkish, Jamaican and Indian, and says she spent years wishing she could erase parts of her identity . . .

Read more by Natalie Morris at metro.co.uk