|Date Of Birth||February 10, 2000|
|Age||20 years 8 months 10 days|
|Day of Birth||Thursday|
|Place Of Birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Professions||Actress , Model|
|Nickname||Pilgrim (Her mom gave it)|
|Full Name||Yara Sayeh Shahidi|
|Name(Native Language)||يارا (Iranian)|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Religions||Christianity , Islam|
|Languages||Persian , English|
|Ethnicities||Iranian American , Multiracial , African American|
|Body Features & Measurements|
|Height||165 (2017) CM|
5 Feet 5 Inches
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
|Weight||45 (2017) KG|
|Dress Size||4 (US)|
|Figure Measurements||31-23-32 (2017)|
|Father||Afshin Shahidi (Photographer)|
|Mother||Keri Salter Shahidi|
|Brothers|| Ehsan Shahidi (Younger) |
Sayeed Shahidi (Actor & Model)
|Cousins|| Nas (Rapper; second cousin) |
Jabari (second cousin)
|Uncles|| Olu Dara (Nas's father) |
Kevin Jamal Salter (Maternal)
|Grandfathers|| Kwame Samuel Salter (Maternal) |
|Grandmothers|| Forough Emami (Paternal) |
Connie Sue (Maternal)
|Aunts|| Fannie Ann Jones (Nas's mother) |
Romeldia Salter (Maternal)
|Great Grandfathers|| Charles Rufus Jones (Maternal) |
Samuel Leon Salter (Maternal Paternal)
|Great-grandmothers|| Ella Mae (Maternal) |
Reva Daniels (Maternal Paternal)
|Debut (Movie)||Imagine That(2009)|
|Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes|
|Favorite Foods|| Ice Cream (Cookies and cream) |
|Favorite Movies||Thor |
|Favorite Musicians|| Tobi Lou |
|Favorite Dress||Vests & Blazers|
|Favorite Author||James Baldwin|
|Favorite Song||It’s Gonna Be Me (NSYNC)|
|Favorite Books||Sing Unburied Sing (Jesmyn Ward) |
Children of Virtue & Vengeance (Tomi Adeyemi)
The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
The Catcher in the rye
|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 Profile||Yara Shahidi Facebook Profile|
|Twitter Profile||Yara Shahidi Twitter Profile|
|Official Website||Yara Shahidi Official Website|
|Instagram Profile||Yara Shahidi Instagram Profile|
|Blog||Yara Shahidi Blog|
|Address||AEF Public Relations 3500 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 710 Burbank, CA 91505|
|Web Contact||Web Contact|
|Managers|| Donovan Tatum (Endorsements) |
Erica Tucker (Publicity)
Sara Leeb (Voice over)
Erik Telford (Speakers Dept)
|Talent Agents|| Meredith Fine |
New York's Women Management modeling agency
|Publicists|| Patty Freedman |
|Friend||Rowan Blanchard (Actress, Singer)|
|Inspiration||Kerry Washington (fashion icon)|
|Role Models|| 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).
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
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)
- Ralph Lauren(style)
- Target Corporation
- The Children's Place(Children's Place Inc)
- 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.
- 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 
- 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 
- There’s power in just displaying joy 
- My Metric for Success Is Having an Impact on Something Greater Than Myself 
- My mother always says, ‘There’s nothing more interesting than an interested human.’ And I’ve just always been interested. 
- If you’re committed to doing the work and bringing about change, it does get overwhelming at times 
- My dream of dreams, is to create some form of alternate curriculum that is inclusive of all people 
- To Be a Woman Is to Be an Abolitionist. To be a woman is to understand the power of our yes