Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Yara Shahidi on the June 2018 Cover of Harper's Bazaar Arabia Magazine

At age 18, Yara Shahidi is at the top of her game. The young starlet is the June 2018 cover star of Harper's Bazaar Arabia. On the cover which was shot by Taylor Tupy, she is wearing CHANEL SPRING 2018 COUTURE. In the issue, she talks her guilty pleasure which is naps, being multicultural, her campaign for equality & education and more. Continue below to read excepts from her interview. For more on Yara's feature, visit HarpersBazaarArabia.com and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

Chanel Spring 2018 Couture

On being multicultural:
Being multicultural, you can’t help but be interested and connected to the world around you. My family is from all over the world, so how can you not care for people around the world too? My baba was born in Iran and I come from a beautiful matriarchy on both sides of my family, which I adore. My Iranian relatives have reaffirmed the idea that the sky is the limit – but in fact, my cousin proved that the sky isn’t even the limit because she went to space! I hit the cultural jackpot in terms of food, but what’s fascinating is that as different as both sides may seem, they’re really similar. How we operate, our moral code, who we are in general, being close to family, respect... It’s really universal in a way that blurs both sides.

On if she can deconstruct her Iranian side from her African side:
No, I don’t see much of a ‘this is my black side and this is my Iranian side’, because I come from a family of socially-engaged humans, and it’s hard to identify because of how similar both sides are. But I have to say, I was at the Met Gala recently and I saw a pomegranate and I proceeded to cut it open and serve pomegranate to people at my table. That’s pretty Iranian.

On her campaign for equality & education:
Education is crucial because I understand the privilege I’ve had in how particular education has been to me. My realm of possibility seems so much larger. In the broader sense of the word, this last year has been so much about learning and growing, so I’ve been a student of many teachers this year, especially my parents. I’ve been receptive to learning and receptive to the world around me. Also entering my adulthood has meant there have been moments that I’ve had to learn from and continue exploring – it’s required me to learn new skills. 

On her guilty pleasure, 'naps' & being consistent:
I think I could be a hundred times more productive but I take so many naps. The one thing I applaud myself on is consistency as a lot of my interests have remained the same, in terms of history, people and culture.

On being a woman:
I have to say, I’ve been learning more and more about what the women in my family have accomplished and it’s extraordinary. Their dedication to people, to science, to community, to politics… But my mama, she’s my first role model. She’s really shown me how to be a woman of colour.

On self barriers:
I’m learning and constantly reminding myself that while there are so many barriers connected to our identity, I have to be really cognizant to realise I’m not one of my own barriers, if that makes sense? There’s so much happening and whether you look at culture or politics there’s so much to deal with just to get through the day, so this year has been reminding myself that I shouldn’t be preventing myself or putting up barriers for myself. You’re self-critiquing in a way, and I find myself doing that and it’s really unnecessary in a world where people already tell us what we should and shouldn’t do. They’re personal – just things like ‘maybe I’m not worthy of this space that I’m in’, or ‘my voice isn’t valuable’. Moments where you second-guess yourself… I think it’s called ‘imposter syndrome’.

Chanel Spring 2018 Couture

Credit: Harper's Bazaar Arabia

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