Yara Shahidi

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Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi for Vogue 2019 01.png
Shahidi in September 2019
Born (2000-02-10) February 10, 2000 (age 21)
EducationHarvard University[1]
OccupationActress and model
Years active2007–present
Relatives
Websiteyarashahidi.com

Yara Sayeh Shahidi (born February 10, 2000)[2] is an American actress, model, and activist.

She is known for her starring role as the oldest daughter Zoey Johnson on the sitcom Black-ish (2014–present) and its spin-off series Grown-ish (2018–present).[3]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Yara Sayeh Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Keri Salter and Afshin Shahidi. Her mother, Keri Salter, is of mixed African American and Native Choctaw heritage, and her father, Afshin, is Iranian. The family moved to California for her father Afshin's work when Yara was 4 years old. She is the older sister of child actor and model Sayeed Shahidi and they have a younger brother, Ehsan. Rapper Nas is their cousin. Keri Shahidi states the name Yara means in Persian "Someone who is close to your heart", the name Sayeed means "Blessing", and Ehsan means "To act as though God is watching".

Shahidi graduated in 2017 from Dwight Global Online School. Starting in 2018, Shahidi began college at Harvard University with a plan to major in Interdisciplinary Sociology and African American Studies.

References[change | change source]

  1. Weaver, Hilary. "Yara Shahidi Will Join Malia Obama at Harvard in 2018". Vanity Fair.
  2. "Yara Shahidi Actor". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016.
  3. "All about Yara". June 1, 2009. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2010.