By Nicole Zabasajja
Photo: Yara Shahidi (Instagram)
As a young woman of color, Yara Shahidi has been setting a great example with her newfound position in the spotlight.
Although she was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Glendale, California, she is very in touch with her African-American and Iranian routes, and takes pride in embracing her culture. For the past year, she’s shown that she is much more than a than an actress that can pay a great role on screen, but a true icon that takes her role off screen just as seriously. However, Yara is very similar to Zoey Johnson, the character she plays in the popular television show “Blackish,” in the sense that they are both young, driven activists.
"Being half Black and half Iranian, there's a certain appreciation for what culture and the amalgamation of culture does." @yarashahidi on her humanitarian roots.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 6, 2018
Not only is she an advocate for equal representation for women in the media, but she also emphasizes the need for girls to be educated. Yara has committed to Harvard University to study Sociology and African-American studies. She received a letter of recommendation from First Lady Michelle Obama herself, who recognized Yara’s potential firsthand when she helped work on her Let Girls Learn initiative.
Yara Shahidi is poised, intelligent, beautiful individual as she has managed to bring awareness to many social and political issues, and break many boundaries that have existed for young people like herself. Her light shines bright and she has a very bright future ahead of her.
Be sure to watch Yara on the “Black-ish” spinoff show, “Grown-ish,” Wednesdays on Freeform at 8/7c. You can also follow her on social media to keep up with her fun posts on the daily.