VIDEO: Kate Gosselin defends her "Asian impression" photo

Jun 26, 2013 at 10:58 p.m. ET

A photo of Kate Gosselin recently surfaced showing her making a face that some are calling racist. But Gosselin seems to brush it off, saying the photo was a joke from happier times.

Kate Gosselin is defending herself after a photo recently surfaced of her making what some people are calling a racist gesture. The photo showed Gosselin “slanting her eyes”, but was apparently taken years ago while she was still married.

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"Jon and I were opening fan mail together one afternoon… and when we opened this plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos (on my phone) of each other," Gosselin wrote on her blog. "I 'slanted' my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile."

She added that the photo reminds her of happier times, when she was still married to her then-husband, Jon, the father of her eight children. She said they were just goofing off. and the photo was never meant to be made public. But she explained that the wig was sent for a reason, and she took it as a thoughtful gesture.

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"A common topic of our show was 'everybody's Asian' — except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she'd help me look Asian too!" Gosselin said.

The Gosselins were divorced in 2009, after 10 years of marriage, turning Jon and Kate Plus 8 into Kate Plus 8.

“I married an Asian. I have eight biracial children,” Gosselin added. “I’m quite certain that I’m the last person that could be called racist.”

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She said she has tried to teach her children the importance of their heritage, while understanding it’s not the only thing.

"We don't see color or preference, we see qualities and hearts," she said. "I couldn’t be more proud of my eight beautiful children and wouldn’t change anything about them or their heritage. They are absolutely perfect just the way they are."

Photo credit: WENN.com

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