Yara Shahidi is an actress, model, and activist from the United States. She is one of the rising actresses in Hollywood who has gained a lot of fame in a short amount of time.
Shahidi first became well-known when she played Zoey Johnson’s oldest daughter on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. The spin-off show “Grown-ish” brought the actress more attention in the entertainment business. She was able to become a leading actress in movies and TV shows when she was still young.
Yara Sayeh Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, on February 10, 2000. Her father, Afshin Shahidi, is a photographer, and her mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, stays at home and takes care of the family. Sayeed Shahidi, Shahidi’s younger brother, is also an actor and model, and she has two younger brothers named Ehsan and Sayeed. Also, Nas, who is a very well-known rapper, is their second cousin.
On her mom’s side, she has African-American ancestry, and on her dad’s side, she has Iranian ancestry. When Yara was only 4, her whole family moved to California to find better jobs.
As for her education, she went to Dwight Global Online School, where she got her diploma in 2017. The next year, Yara went to Harvard University, where she planned to study Interdisciplinary Sociology and African American Studies.
Yara Shahidi started her career as a model when she was 6 years old. She did commercials for Ralph Lauren, McDonald’s, Target, GapKids
, Guess Kids, Disney
, The Children’s Place, and other well-known brands. In 2007
, she played Kandace West as a guest star on an episode of the HBO comedy show Entourage called “No Cannes Do.” This was her first time on TV.
In 2009, Yara Shahidi got her first chance to act in a movie. She played Olivia Danielson in the comedy Imagine That, which was led by the legendary Eddie Murphy. The actress was nominated for a Young Artist Award because of how well she did in the movie. In 2010, she was cast in Salt, an action-thriller movie directed by Angelina Jolie.
Then, in 2012, Yara played Chloe Johnson, the daughter of the President, on the sitcom The First Family. In 2014, when Yara Shahidi started playing Zoey Johnson on ABC’s prime-time comedy show Black-ish, it was a big break for her career. She won the NAACP Image Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy” and became a huge star.