Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi

Date Of BirthFebruary 10, 2000
Age24 years 4 months 10 days
Day of BirthThursday
Place Of BirthMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Zodiac SignAquarius
Professions Actress , Model
Nickname Pilgrim (Her mom gave it)
Full Name Yara Sayeh Shahidi
Name(Native Language) يارا‎ (Iranian)

Personal Information
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Religions Christianity , Islam
Languages English , Persian
Star SignAquarius
Nationality American
EthnicitiesMultiracial , African American , Iranian American
Famous For Black-ish
Trademark curly hair
Body Features & Measurements
Height165 (2017) CM
5 Feet 5 Inches
Eye color Dark Brown
Hair color Dark Brown
Weight45 (2017) KG
99 lbs
Shoe Size8
Dress Size4 (US)
Figure Measurements 31-23-32 (2017)
Figure Type Hourglass
Body Type Slim
Hair type Curly
Bra Size 30A
Family Information
Father Afshin Shahidi (Photographer)
Mother Keri Salter Shahidi
Brothers Sayeed Shahidi (Actor & Model)
Ehsan Shahidi (Younger)
Cousins Nas (Rapper; second cousin)
Jabari (second cousin)
Uncles Kevin Jamal Salter (Maternal)
Olu Dara (Nas's father)
Grandfathers Kwame Samuel Salter (Maternal)
Mark Keljik
Grandmothers Forough Emami (Paternal)
Connie Sue (Maternal)
Aunts Romeldia Salter (Maternal)
Fannie Ann Jones (Nas's mother)
Great Grandfathers Charles Rufus Jones (Maternal)
Samuel Leon Salter (Maternal Paternal)
Great-grandmothers Reva Daniels (Maternal Paternal)
Ella Mae (Maternal)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Imagine That(2009)
Years Active 2007-
Debut (TV) Entourage
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
HobbiesRoller Skating
Favorite Foods Chocolate
Ice Cream (Cookies and cream)
Korean barbecue
Favorite ColorPurple
Favorite MoviesThor
Favorite Musicians the Creator
Taylor Bennett
Tobi Lou
Favorite Dress Vests & Blazers
Favorite Author James Baldwin
Favorite Song It’s Gonna Be Me (NSYNC)
Favorite BooksThe Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
The Catcher in the rye
Sing Unburied Sing (Jesmyn Ward)
Children of Virtue & Vengeance (Tomi Adeyemi)
Favorite TV show The Great British Baking Show
Favorite superhero Loki (from Asgard; Thor's brother)
Favorite Album Blonde (Frank Ocean)
Favorite TV Series Criminal Minds
Social Networks, Web links
Facebook ProfileYara Shahidi Facebook Profile
Twitter ProfileYara Shahidi Twitter Profile
Official WebsiteYara Shahidi Official Website
Instagram ProfileYara Shahidi Instagram Profile
BlogYara Shahidi Blog
Contact (Email)commercialmommy@gmail.com
AddressAEF Public Relations 3500 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 710 Burbank, CA 91505
Web ContactWeb Contact
Managers Sara Leeb (Voice over)
Erik Telford (Speakers Dept)
Liz York
Erica Tucker (Publicity)
Donovan Tatum (Endorsements)
Talent Agents Michelle Henderson
New York's Women Management modeling agency
Meredith Fine
Publicists Patty Freedman
Erica Tucker
More Information
Friend Rowan Blanchard (Actress, Singer)
Inspiration Kerry Washington (fashion icon)
Role Models Emma Watson
Janelle Monae
Net worth$1 Million


Yara Shahidi is an American TV & movie actress. She is popular for her roles Natasha Kingsely in The Sun Is Also a Star (2019), Chloe Johnson (The First Family), Zoey Johnson(Black-ish), Darci(Trollhunters), Zoey Johnson(Grown-ish).

Yara Shahidi with Mom in childhood

Image: Yara Shahidi with Mom in childhood

Yara Shahidi was born as Yara Sayeh Shahidi on 10th February 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States to Keri Salter Shahidi(Mother)- a model & Afshin Shahidi(Father)- a photographer. The family lived in Minneapolis until she was 4 years old, family relocated to California after that.

She has two brothers-

  • Sayeed Shahidi who is also an actor & model (born February 14, 2003)
  • Ehsan Shahidi- youngest

Yara Shahidi Family with Barack Obama & Wife Michelle Obama

Image: Yara Shahidi Family with Barack Obama & Wife Michelle Obama

Yara Shahidi Education

  • Oxbridge: She attended the program which took her to various universities along with Oxford
  • Harvard University: Yara wore a Harvard University shirt in 2017, she was visiting her cousin Nasir in the University, she was excited by the atmosphere there and decided to apply there. Former USA first lady Michelle Obama wrote a letter of recommendation to the University supporting Yara.

Yara Shahidi Facts & Trivia

  • Ancestry: Yara Shahidi is of African-American (Maternal) & Iranian-American(Paternal) background.
  • Multilingual: She has been learning to read, write & speak the Persian language(Farsi), her father's mother tongue.
  • Ethnicity: Yara's mother is part native American, she belongs to Choctaw- tribe in the modern day Southeastern United States.
  • Tang Soo Do: Yara is trained in the Korean martial art- Tang Soo Do(similar to Kung fu), she received her black belt (with a 99% score in the tests) when she was in her High School.
  • History Lover: She is a nerd for history, she wants to graduate in world history
  • Rapper Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) is her second cousin.
  • Meaning of the name in Persian
    • Yara- dear to heart
    • Sayeh- shadow
    • Shahidi- witness
  • Unique career achievement: She has played characters named Olivia, Chloe & Zoey in more than one TV Series/ Movies
  • Early acting career: Yara's interest in acting began very early, in fact she was already in commercials when she was 6 weeks old with her mother, by the age 9 she was already acting in mainstream movies and TV, her family moved from Minneapolis to California for the sake of Afshin's work and it worked out.
  • Commercials: She was 6 weeks old when she first appeared in Ads, she has worked with her younger brother and mother as well on various ads. She has appeared in ads for-
    • Disney(The Walt Disney Company)
    • GapKids (Gap Inc. for kids)
    • Guess Kids(Guess fashion line for kids)
    • McDonald's(hamburgers)
    • Ralph Lauren(style)
    • Target Corporation
    • The Children's Place(Children's Place Inc)
    • Tropicana. 
  • She was named one of the 30 most influential teens of 2017 by the TIME magazine.
  • Yara calls her father- Baba, she loves cooking with him.
  • She is a big science geek, she likes experimenting with science things at home, she wants to build a lab at home some day.
  • She had a pet fish named- Cleophus.
  • Charity Integrative Clinics International: She supports them and volunteers for them at times.
  • She likes listening to radio shows, she considers herself old school.
  • History is her favorite subject in the school.
  • Mother: Yara's mother Keri is an actress & model herself, she now runs a consultancy firm for parents- Commercial Mommy.
  • Childhood fantasy: As a child she wanted to be a C.I.A agent.
  • She loves comics, especially Marvel characters.
  • She has been vocal about gay rights, Black lives Matter & women issues.
  • She has contributed financially and otherwise towards Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.
  • Favorite Disney princess character- Jasmine.
  • Her father has released a storybook named- Prince
  • Best dressed women (2018)- online fashion portal- Net-a-Porter listed her among the best dressed women of 2018.
  • Activism
    • Eighteen x 18: An initiative by Yara with NowThis (social new publisher) to encourage first time voters to vote
    • Young Women's Leadership Network: Yara has partnership with Young Women's Leadership Network(YWLN) in New York, a brilliant initiative which aims to end poverty through education.
    • Integrative Clinics Internationa: She is a volunteer for the charity foundation
    • Supporting Jussie Smollett- Yara stood with Jussie even after reports of him faking hate crime for benefit was reported in the media. She announced at the NAACP Image Awards(2019) that she still supports him.
  • Black Panther: Her maternal grandfather was a Black Panther
  • Modeling for Beyonce: She modeled for Beyoncé’s Ivy Park
  • Meeting Angela Davis: She met Angela Davis, a fellow black panther activist who was a collegue of Yara's grandfather.
  • Reading: She likes reading books, has read Voltaire's Candide.
  • She listens to financial podcasts like- 99% Invisible, Freakonomics, Planet Money [4]
  • Intellectual: She has left smart hosts like Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel surprised at her maturity and vocabulary. "I'm just trying to imagine myself trying to have a conversation with you when I was 18 and I don't see it happening at all." said Kimmel when she was on his show. "I’ve met few people in my life who are as enigmatic and amazing as Yara Shahidi is" said Trevor Noah about her

Yara Shahidi Filmography

bold: most popular/ lead roles

Acting: She started her acting debut with the TV series 'Entourage', 'Imagine That' is her first movie.

Producer: She has produced numerous episodes of "Grown-ish", she has produced short films like "Hair Love (2019)"

Writing & Direction: She wrote & directed the short movie- "X" in 2018

Yara Shahidi Movies List

  • The Sun Is Also a Star(2019)- Natasha Kingsley
  • Smallfoot(2018) (voice)- Brenda
  • Alex Cross(2012)- Janelle Cross
  • Butter(2011)- Destiny
  • Rip City(2011) (TV movie)- Montana
  • Unthinkable(2010)- Katie
  • Salt(2010)- Young Neighbor
  • Imagine That(2009)- Olivia Danielson

Yara Shahidi TV Series List

  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia(2018-2019)- Darci Scott (voice)
  • Grown-ish(2018-) Zoey Johnson
  • Trollhunters(2016-18)- Darci Scott (voice)
  • Mission Force One(2017)- Malison
  • Black-ish(2014-)- Zoey Johnson
  • The Fosters(2014)- Maddie
  • Bad Teacher(2014)- Jalissa
  • Scandal(2013)- Olivia Pope (Olivia)
  • The First Family(2012-13)- Chloe Johnson
  • The Finder(2012)- Adina
  • Family Guy(2011)- Little Girl (voice)
  • The Cape(2011)- Layla
  • $h*! My Dad Says(2010)- Girl Scout
  • Lie to Me(2010)- Olivia
  • Wizards of Waverly Place(2009)- Olive
  • Cold Case(2009)- Meesha Sullivan '91
  • In the Motherhood(2009)- Esther
  • Entourage(2007)- Kandace West


  • Drake: Nice for What(2018) (short)
  • X(2018)- She directed the short film


Yara Shahidi Awards

  • 2019: Choice Summer Movie Actress: She received a nomination for her role in 'The Sun is also a star' 
  • 2019: Choice Comedy TV Actress- Teen Choice Award- for her role in 'Black-ish'
  • 2017: Generation Next Award: She was honored with the award at the 10th annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood(2017)
  • 2017: Choice Comedy TV Actress- Teen Choice Award- for her role of Zoey Johnson in 'Black-ish'
  • 2017: BET Award for YoungStar- received a nomination for 'Black-ish'
  • 2017: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble- Screen Actors Guild Awards- Nomination for her role in black-ish
  • 2016: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble- Screen Actors Guild Awards- Nomination  for her role in black-ish
  • 2014: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy- NAACP Image Awards: She won the award in December 2014 for her role in Black-ish
  • 2009: Best performance in a feature film- Young Artist Award: She received a nomination at the awards for her role in Imagine That  (her very first movie) alongside Eddie Murphy


Yara Shahidi News & Updates

  • Golden Globe 2020: attended the Golden Globes in January 2020, she wore goldenrod strapless mini-dress
  • British Vogue Cover: Yara was one of the 15 selected beautiful women to feature on the cover of September 2019 British Vogue magazine. It was (guest) edited by the Duchess- Meghan
  • Hillary Clinton Interview: She interviewed 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the Vogue Magazine in 2017
  • Yara was interviewed by Your Teen magazine, Tribute, People NOW, Essence Magazine, Equanimity..

Yara Shahidi Quotes

  • Life is too long not to make mistakes
  • Although High school is way harder than middle school, I think it's more enjoyable than middle school
  • Japanese erasers are the best
  • Knowing my learning style has benefitted me in my acting career. I think that just knowing your learning style is empowering and important.
  • I can memorize a script pretty quick, but I need to know the story to really connect to the script.
  • One week spring breaks are a crime against humanity
  • I have wanted to be a historian for the longest time, I'm also interested in public relations & advertising, particularly to combat gender stereotypes
  • I have been interested in History- African-American, Islamic, World history in general.
  • Improv is a large part of comedy projects, I've learned to adopt so that acting comes out naturally
  • People love when you bring life to a character
  • There is no reason that a girl should feel limited by the standards of other people
  • I was going to dress up as Black Privilege, but I couldn't find the costume.. because it doesn't exist
  • We don't integrate, we recreate
  • War is not the answer and the fact that it is even being entertained is frightening [1]
  • There’s power in just displaying joy [2]
  • My Metric for Success Is Having an Impact on Something Greater Than Myself [3]
  • My mother always says, ‘There’s nothing more interesting than an interested human.’ And I’ve just always been interested. [3]
  • If you’re committed to doing the work and bringing about change, it does get overwhelming at times [3]
  • My dream of dreams, is to create some form of alternate curriculum that is inclusive of all people [4]
  • To Be a Woman Is to Be an Abolitionist. To be a woman is to understand the power of our yes [5]




  1. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Fn8llgw-0/
  2. Yara Shahidi Interview- Town and country mag
  3. Yara Shahidi on Glamour 
  4. Hollywood reporter profile 
  5. Glamour 

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