Yara Shahidi is an Iranian-African-American actress, model, and activist. She is famously known for her role as Zoey Johnson on the sitcom 'Black-ish' and its spinoff series 'Grown-ish'. As an activist, she has been at the forefront against female and racial inequality as well as creating political awareness.
Yara Sayeh Shahidi first appeared in the acting scene in 2007 from the Television series 'Entourage' and two years later, as Olivia Danielson in the movie 'Imagine That'. Yara Shahidi has made numerous appearances in several films and shows, and as a result, she has bagged many awards.
Yara Shahidi profile summary
- Real name: Yara Sayeh Shahidi
- Date of birth: February 10th, 2000
- Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
- Yara Shahidi age: 19 years
- Zodiac sign: Aquarius
- Hair colour: Black
- Eye colour: Dark brown
- Profession: Actress, model, and activist
- Ethnicity: Mixed (African, Iranian, American)
- Nationality: American
- Marital status: Not married
Yara Shahidi biography
Yara was born on February 10th, 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. She is the eldest of her two brothers, Sayeed Shahidi and Ehsan Shahidi. Yara Shahidi parents are Keri Salter Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi, her mother, and father respectively. Her mother is of African-American descent (Yoruba and Fulbe), whereas her father, who is a photographer, is of Iranian-American origin.
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After her birth in 2000, Yara together with her family spent four years in Minneapolis before moving to California. The move came because of her father's line of work.
Her early life was filled with activities such as cooking, baking with her parents, travelling, learning to speak Farsi plus many other activities. In school, her favourite subject was History.
The young lady started her acting profession at a young age. At six years, she was already appearing in television shows and print commercials for big organizations, among them Disney, The Children's Place, McDonald's, Guess Kids, Target, and many more. She made her Hollywood debut in the 2007 HBO comedy-drama TV series 'Entourage'. Two years later, she joined the ABC Sitcom 'In The Motherhood'. In the same year, she featured alongside David Henrie, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Stones and Jake T. Austin in 'Wizards of Waverly Place'.
The actress's career breakthrough came in 2009 when she featured in Eddy Murphy's Paramount Pictures 'ImagineThat'.
Some other Yara Shahidi movies and TV shows include 'Family Guy', 'The Cape', 'Scandal', 'Rip City', 'Lie to Me', 'The Finder'. She acts as Zoey Johnson in Black-ish and its spinoff 'Grow-ish'. She has also voiced Brenda in the 3D computer-animated comedy film 'Smallfoot'.
The young lady is also a model. In 2016, she signed a deal with the New York's Women Management Agency. Her objective was to c a platform that would bring women of colour into diverse roles.
Yara is not only an actress but also an activist. She founded the creative platform Eighteen x 18 that aimed at creating a platform to encourage her peers to vote in the then-upcoming midterm elections. Moreover, she is also involved in other organizations such as Yara's club, an online mentor, through which she hopes to end poverty through education.
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These activism roles are widely recognized. First, because of activism, the former first lady Michelle Obama wrote her a recommendation letter to Harvard University, a move that was seen as an encouragement to her. Secondly, she has had an opportunity to interview the former presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton in 2017 through Teen Vogue.
Awards and nominations
Yara Shahidi movies and TV shows and her other active roles have earned her numerous awards and nominations.
- In 2009, Yara was nominated for the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature film category. The nomination was because of her role in 'Imagine That'.
- She won NAACP image award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series in 2015.
- In 2017, Yara won a BET Award.
- In 2016 and 2017, she was nominated for the BET Award for the Youngster and Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedy TV Actress respectively.
Yara Shahidi net worth
She has a net worth of a staggering $1 million. Yara has amassed much of her wealth through her acting and modelling career.
Before her breakthrough in the filming industry, she was in commercial advertisements. She also signed for an American modelling agency, New York's Women Management.
She has these measurements:
- Yara Shahidi height: 5 feet 3 inches (1.6m)
- Weight: 45.5 Kg (100lb)
- Shoe size: 6.5 (US)
- Dress size: 2 (US)
- Bra size: 31A
- Waist size: 23 inches
- Hip size: 32 Inches
Yara Shahidi boyfriend and relationship affairs
As of her relationship affairs, she is still single. In the past, she has not been known to be in a relationship with anyone.
Yara Shahidi made her debut in acting at a tender age. She has so far featured in several movies and television shows. Additionally, she has diversified her roles through involvement in activism. These roles have seen her attract popularity and a significant following on social media.
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