CELEBRITY COVERGIRL BLACKISH/GROWNISH ACTRESS YARA SHAHIIDI DISCUSSES HER MISSION TO FOSTER EQUALITY FOR HARPER'S BAZAAR ARABIA JUNE ISSUE 2018

Photography: Taylor Tupy
Executive producer: Ashumi Sanghvi at MAD Productions.
Producer: Christopher Sararo at MAD Productions.
Production assistant: Donovan Kosters.
Photographer’s assistants: Andres Norwood, Marco Collucci and Andrew Ngu.
Stylist: Andreas Kokkino at The Wall Group.
Stylist’s assistant: Patrick Rammelkamp.
Hair stylist: Nai’vasha Johnson at Exclusive Artists using Oribe Haircare.
Make-up artist: Emily Cheng.
Manicurist: Emi Kudo at Opus Beauty

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BRIEF EXCERPT FROM COVER STORY COURTESY OF HARPER'S BAZAAR:

 

“Being multicultural, you can’t help but be interested and connected to the world around you,” she says. “My family is from all over the world, so how can you not care for people around the world too?” Yara’s father, Afshin Shahidi, was born in Iran, and whilst she is yet to visit, she embraces her bicultural heritage, putting her predisposition for racial acceptance down to both her Iranian and African-American roots. “My baba was born in Iran and I come from a beautiful matriarchy on both sides of my family, which I adore,” she explains. “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!” she laughs, referring to Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian-American astronaut and the first female private space explorer. “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.” Can she deconstruct what part of her is Iranian, what part African-American? “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,” she laughs.

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YARA SHAHIDI

Pink embroidered faille dress and gloves, both Chanel Haute Couture S/S18

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Pink embroidered faille dress and gloves, both Chanel Haute Couture S/S18. Sneakers, Yara’s own

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Pink mini satin dress with embroidered tulle and feathers, and boots, both Chanel Haute Couture S/S18

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Pink mini satin dress with embroidered tulle and feathers, and boots, both Chanel Haute Couture S/S18

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Pink mini satin dress with embroidered tulle and feathers, and veil, both Chanel Haute Couture S/S18

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Pink embroidered faille dress and gloves, both Chanel Haute Couture S/S18. Sneakers, Yara’s own

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Jacket, and French culotte suit in white tweed, Chanel Haute Couture S/S18

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Jacket, and French culotte suit in white tweed, Chanel Haute Couture S/S18. Sneakers, Yara’s own

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