Very few child stars manage the transition to a real celebrity, but it seems that Yara Shahidi has cracked the code. The beautiful American actress and singer are best known for her roles as young Oliva Pope in Scandal and as Zoey Johnson in Black-ish. She resumed her role as Zoey Johnson in FreeForm’s black-ish offshoot, Grown-ish, which was a critical and commercial success for the station and for the star herself. She has since appeared in Drake’s critically acclaimed music video Nice For What.
Yara Shahidi is also known for being intelligent, eloquent and well-informed, and for being on her way to greatness. This is evident from her interviews and the fact that she received a letter of recommendation from Michelle Obama for Harvard University.
Yara Shahidi: Bio & Age
Yara Sayeh Shahidi was born on February 10, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her name “Yara” is of Persian origin and means “someone who is capable of doing something hard”.
Already at a young age, Yara was engaged in modeling and built a successful career. Since then she has developed into an actress with a worldwide reputation.
Ethnicity & Religion
Yara Shahidi is of mixed ethnicity, her mother – Keri Salter Shahidi – being of Choctaw and African-American descent, while her father, Afshin Shahidi, is of Iranian descent.
Yara has joined the league of well-known celebrities of mixed ethnicity who are leading the way throughout Hollywood.
So far, Yara has not publicly spoken about her religious beliefs.
Career Beginnings And Breakthrough
Yara began her career when she was only six years old, appearing in many television and print commercials for various companies, including The Children’s Place, Ralph Lauren, Target, McDonald’s, Guess Kids, Gap Kids, and Disney. For most of her ads and print campaigns, she occasionally worked with her younger brother and mother.
Next, Yara did what many try to do and what few succeed in doing – and that is to turn a successful modeling career into an acting career. She found her acting entrance in Imagine that, a 2009 comedy starring Eddie Murphy. The film focused on the relationship between Eddie Murphy’s character and his daughter Olivia (played by Yara) as her imaginary world provides information her father needs to be successful. Although the film was a box office hit, her performance in the film was praised, which is why she received a nomination for the Young Artist Award for best performance in a feature film category.
She later starred in Entourage, The Finder, Salt, Alex Cross, Butter, and Unthinkable. In 2012 she was given the leading role of Chloe Johnson in the comedy series The First Family.
Shortly thereafter she was cast in the ABC comedy Black-ish as Zoey Johnson alongside Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson in the role of Zoey Johnson. The series had several breakout characters, but Yara Shahidi won the hearts and devotion of teenagers around the world, securing a large and loyal fan base. She won an NAACP image award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in the black and white version. Thanks to her success in the series, the station gave the green light for a spin-off series, “Grown-ish,” based around her character, which premiered on January 3, 2018.
In 2016 she signed with the New York model agency Women Management in the hope of seeing more colorful women in prominent and diverse roles.
Parents & Family
Yara Shahidi comes from a close-knit and supportive family. Her parents, Afshin and Keri, moved the family to California when Yara was just four years old for her father’s career as a photographer. She has two younger brothers – Sayeed and Ehsan. Sayeed followed in the footsteps of his older sister and entered the entertainment industry, where he became an actor and model. He is best known for his roles in Switched At Birth, The Event, and The First Family.
She is also related to the American rapper Nas, who is her cousin.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
There is no doubt that Yara Shahidi has an enviable physique. She is currently 160 cm (5 ft 3 in) tall and weighs only 45 kg (99 lbs). Her slender figure can be attributed to her age, and as she grows older, her height, weight, and body measurements will change noticeably.
Her current diet and training schedule is unknown at this time, but it is likely that she is making efforts to maintain her physique.
Yara Shahidi currently has net assets of $1 million. Given her age and the fact that she is at the beginning of a flourishing career, this guarantees that the amount will increase in the coming years as she grows older and takes on more prominent roles.