SISTER, Sister star Tia Mowry-Hardrict had tears streaming down her face remembering a time a magazine refused to put her on the cover because she was black.
Tia, 42, starred alongside her twin sister Tamera Mowry-Housley in the hit 90s sitcom, which has had resurgence in popularity after all six seasons dropped on Netflix.
The Emmy award winning comedy was a ratings hit and made the girls household names, but that was not enough to land them the cover of a very popular magazine.
“It was around Sister, Sister days,” Tia said during an episode of Entertainment Tonight’s Unfiltered series.
“The show was extremely popular. We were beating — like in the ratings — Friends.”
“So, my sister and I wanted to be on the cover of this very popular magazine at the time — it was a teenage magazine.
“We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were black and we would not sell.”
Tia broke down in tears remembering the painful moment and admitted it still has a negative impact on her.
“But here I am as an adult, and it still affects me how someone can demean your value because of the color of your skin,” she said.
“I will never forget that. I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that isn’t right.”
Tia who has two children on Cree, 9, and daughter Cairo, 2, with husband Cory Hardrict wants to make sure that she gives them positive reinforcement.
The actress understands how someone ‘devaluing’ you can affect your confidence.
“To this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful,” Tia said. “And the same thing even with my son. I tell him how handsome he is, I tell him, you know, he is smart. Because I know what it feels like for someone to devalue your worth, and I don’t want my children to ever, ever, ever, feel that. And not have the strength, or the foundation, to not believe it. To believe that they are worthy.”
Sister Sister landed on Netflix earlier this month and became one of the top trending titles in the US
Tamera wrote on Instagram when the show trended: “It all began here with my sissy! What a blessing to have inspired many at such a young age. Representation matters.
“I’m so grateful and I am so excited for our generation to relive one of my fav jobs in history! And I’m ecstatic for the newer generation to discover this show, now on @netflix.
“I never thought in a million years #SisterSister would become an American classic. Thanks for supporting us throughout the years. I’m forever grateful.”
Sister, Sister saw Tia and Tamera play twins separated at birth, only to bump into each other at a shopping mall unexpectedly years later.
Their adoptive families then decide to move in together so the siblings can get to know each other.
It originally ran from April 1994 until May 1999 across six seasons.