Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Yara Shahidi on the April 2018 Cover of Essence Magazine

Yara Shahidi gained success with her role on 'Black-ish' and found new success with the series spin off, 'Grown-ish'. With her success as an actress, the young starlet is also using her voice to empower millennial's. Yara is the April 2018 cover star of Essence magazine. On the cover which was shot by Sophy Holland, Yara is wearing a ZIMMERMANN SPRING 2018 dress. In the issue, she talks everything from identity, race, handling fame, 'wokeness,' and Twitter comments. Continue below to read excerpts from her interview and to see images from her fashion spread. For more on Yara's feature, visit Essence.com and pick up a copy on newsstand. 


On twitter comments:
Quite honestly, I'm the kind of person to get my feelings hurt over something somebody said on Twitter. There are those moments when I can go through 10 million amazing comments that are super supportive, and one person may say something and I'll stew over it. That's something that I've actively had to work on.

On Hollywood versus activism:
I've always struggled with Hollywood feeling trivial. Red carpets aren't worth it. As fun as it is to get dressed up, it is surreal to be sitting at the Teen Choice Awards while [something like] Charlottesville is happening.

On being in the public eye:
When you are in the public eye as a person of color, you are given very little room to mess up. [It means] letting the culture down.

On being socially active & still having fun:
I feel comfortable putting my political stances out there without feeling as though I am filling some sort of quota. I don't have a wokeness quota for the day.

Credit: Essence 

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