GLAM SHOTS: ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi & Family Pose for Glamour Magazine
Black-ish star Yara Shahidi and her family are featured in the latest issue of Glamour magazine, which is being dubbed as their Generations issue. Inside her cover story, Yara speaks about her family, which consists of two brothers and an African-American mother and Iranian father.
At 17, the young star is one of the most intellectually minded, politically inclined, and socially aware actresses today, and she cites her parents for this stating:
“I am the result of love.”
For the feature, Yara speaks about her style, and how her family influenced one another with their own personal styles. She also spoke on how being brought up in an interracial home helped with her role in Black-ish:
ON HOW HER BROTHERS INFLUENCED HER STYLE: “I’ve learned a lot from Sayeed [who is 14]. We started acting at the same time. We’ve played brother and sister in most of the projects I’ve done. Our style is very similar. He has a swagger that I love, but where I would wear jeans and a T-shirt, Sayeed adds a chain or a bomber jacket. A lot of [my nine-year-old brother] Ehsan’s clothes are things I wore, but he puts his own remix on it.”
ON WHAT SHE’S LEARNED FROM HER MOM: ” She and I dress very similarly. There are a lot of times when I’m in her closet and she’s in mine. When we’re working, we’re usually in jeans, a funky T-shirt, and a jacket. That said, I do like dressing up.”
ON HOW HER HOME ENVIRONMENT HELPED WITH HER ROLE IN BLACK-ISH: “My parents did a great job teaching us about both [African American and Iranian] cultures. As an entertainer, that adds another layer. No matter how cutting-edge Hollywood may seem, it is still delayed in how it views people: If [producers] do not perceive me as an Iranian girl, then I cannot play an Iranian girl. If you aren’t perceived as a full black girl, then it makes it more difficult [to play a black girl on TV]. Now that I’m going out for movies, I’m picking up on things I never picked up on before: It’s like, “Oh, you think I’m not black enough. You don’t think I’m Iranian enough for this role.”
I’ve been watching Yara along with Zendaya and Willow Smith for quite sometime, and these young women are going to be the change in Young Hollywood that has been needed for a long time. DO NOT SLEEP ON THEM. You’ll regret it.