A breakout TV star and social activist, Yara Shahidi has become an unofficial spokeswoman for the younger generation eager to get involved in politics and social justice. Earlier in 2018, Shahidi appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and is a brand ambassador for Chanel.
The daughter of an African-American mother and Iranian father, Shahidi started her career shooting in commercials for the likes of McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren , Disney and Target. Aged 14, she starred in ABC’s prime-time comedy “Black-ish,” which earned her the Young Stars Award at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles. A year later, ABC announced Shahidi would appear in "Black-ish" spin-off "Grown-ish."
Among her generation Shahidi is known as an activist for feminism and STEM awareness. In high-school she started Yara’s Club, a partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which provides online mentorship with the goal of ending poverty through education. In 2018, the activist launched Eighteen x 18, a project that encourages civic engagement and voting from young people.
In 2016 Shahidi signed with Women Management, a New York-based agency, and she has since become known for her red-carpet choices, styled by Jason Bolden , and her wardrobe as Zoey Johnson in “Black-ish,” working with costume designer Michelle Cole. She appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and became a US brand ambassador for Chanel.
Shahidi’s activism became widely noticed: Michelle Obama wrote her a letter of recommendation for Harvard University, which Shahidi was accepted to and will attend in 2018. In 2017 she interviewed Hillary Clinton for Teen Vogue.