BLACK-ISH ACTRESS Yara Shahidi is the epitome of Black Girl Magic.
At just 16, the star is already breaking down barriers for actors in film and television and speaking on the importance of positive black roles.
The teen, who is of black and Iranian heritage, was “born into a family of humanitarians” and is aware that her position is rare; she is on a highly-rated primetime show representing positive Black programming in a time where media thrives on stereotypes and not-so-reality TV.
When she’s not in character, Yara is committed to broadening our understanding of the impact education can have in our lives, emphasizing the importance of black representation and empowering young girls
She recently sat down with Fader Magazine for an in-depth interview.
“I was born into a family of humanitarians. Being mixed race really opened up my eyes to different cultures and how cultures play such a pivotal role in who you become,” she told the publication.
“I’ve been very intentional with every project that I’ve been a part of. That’s truly something that I’m proud to present to the world.
“I think that often times there are roles that are readily available and it may be the only role that’s been offered in months, but that role is the one that upholds every stereotype that you could possibly think of.”