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Yara Shahidi: Entertainment Figure and Activist | Know Her Better

aisha Published On Wed May 13 2020   Modified On Wed May 13 2020
Yara Shahidi: Entertainment Figure and Activist | Know Her Better

Yara Shahidi is an actress, model, and activist who rose to fame after playing the character of Zoey Johnson on the sitcom Black-ish. She also has appeared in 'Alex Cross', 'Salt', 'The Sun Is Also a Star', and others.

Shahidi was born on February 10, 2000, in Minneapolis. She has different descent as her father is an Iranian while her mother is an African-American and Choctaw. in 2016, she was included in the list of 'The 30 Most Influential Teens'.

Let's find some more interesting facts about Shahidi:

Net Worth: $1 million

Shahidi has earned a whopping net worth of $1 million for her career as an actress and model. She also has done printable ads for several companies and has signed a partnership with Adidas. 

Alma Mater: Harvard University

Shahidi got enrolled at Harvard University and is currently studying there. As she is an activist, Michelle Obama, the former First Lady wrote a letter of recommendation to the university by seeing her activism. After the recommendation, Shahidi applied to various colleges and got accepted into every single college she applied to.

Yara Shahidi with the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Yara Shahidi with the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Image Source: Instagram

Parents: Keri Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi

Shahidi was born through Keri Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi. Keri is an actress and producer known for her works in 'Butter', 'American Dad!', and 'In The Motherhood'. Likewise, her father is Cinematographer and works in Camera and Electrical Department. He is the Cinematographer of 'With Drawn Arms', 'The Man from Earth', 'Pitching Mother', and so on.

Yara Shahidi with her parents Keri Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi.
Yara Shahidi with her parents Keri Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi.
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Blessed With Two Younger Brother

Chloe Johnson from 'The First Family' has two younger brothers named Sayeed Shahidi and Ehsan Shahidi. Sayeed is also a child actor and was born on February 14, 2003. He has starred in more than 28 television series, movies, and short movies like 'Uncle Buck', 'Libby and Malcolm', 'Alex Cross', and others.

Yara Shahidi with her two younger brother Sayeed Shahidi and Ehsan Shahidi.
Yara Shahidi with her two younger brother Sayeed Shahidi and Ehsan Shahidi.
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Work Throughout Her Career

The voice actor of 'Smallfoot' started her career at a very young age of six in several printable ads and television series. In 2007, she played the character of Kandace West in her first acting debut 'Entourage'. Then in 2009, she made her cinematic debut as Olivia Danielson in 'Imagine That', and since then she has appeared in thirty short videos, movies, and television series.

Yara Shahidi as  Zoey Johnson in 'Black-ish'.
Yara Shahidi as  Zoey Johnson in 'Black-ish'.
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Has Won Four Awards

Yara Shahidi was nominated for twenty-two various awards but among them she has won four awards. She is the winner of two BET Awards, one Image Awards (NAACP), and one Gracie Allen Awards, for the series 'Black-ish' (2014).

Appeared In Commercials

The 'Grown-ish' star has appeared in various commercials for companies like McDonald's, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, e-bay, Adidas, and The Children's Place. She also has joined the "Change Is A Team Sport" campaign of Adidas with Jonah Hill, Blackpink, Kerwin Frost, Pharrell Williams, Paul Pogba, and others.

Founder of 'Eighteen x 18'

Shahidi has founded 'Eighteen x 18' social news publisher NowThis which is a platform to engage youngsters to get active, speak the truth, and vote. She also has other organizations like Yara's Club which has a partnership with Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN), that provide online mentorship to end poverty through education. 

In 2017, she was given an opportunity by Teen Vogue to interview Hillary Clinton.

Body Measurement 

Jalissa from 'Bad Teacher' stands 5 feet 3 inches tall (160 cm) while weighs around 45.5 kg (100 lbs). She has maintained her body as 31-23-32 inches (79-58.5-81 cm) and has dark brown hair and eyes.

A picture of Yara Shahidi.
A picture of Yara Shahidi.
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Social Media Presence 

As for her social media presence, Yara Shahidi is active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She has 5.1 million followers on Insta with a username yarashahidi, 461.8k followers on Twitter, and 915,003 followers on Facebook

Shahidi mostly post pictures of herself in having fun with her family, siblings, friends, and cast members in all of her social media.

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