The Blessed Virgin Mary was thoroughly Jewish. Different cultures and ethnicities have often portrayed her, Jesus, and others from the Bible as being from their group.

Since Christianity for many centuries was based largely in Europe, these important characters of salvation history have often been depicted as white Europeans. Which is fine! But other cultures have also depicted them according to their own appearances.

Here are 13 beautiful non-white European depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

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Miko Stavrev / Wikimedia Commons
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Karla Solorzano / Pinterest
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And of courseā€¦

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