In honour of her Iranian heritage, Yara Shahidi poses on the cover of the June Issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. The Black-ish star is focused on calling for change, fairness and equality in the world as she sets her sights on what is shaping up to be a glorious career in activism and Hollywood.
For her editorial shoot, the Iranian-American actress spots pieces from Chanel Haute Couture SS18 collection paired with Nike’s Air Max 98s to show all sides of her style.
Yara speaks more about her heritage:
“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 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.
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.”
But because Yara Shahidi’s own heritage is so happily mixed, she’s never felt a need to pick sides, allowing her activism and global awareness to be her guide. Yara uses her cultural knowledge to connect communities in the best way she knows how. As she begins her first year at Harvard University, she’ll have to juggle her career and studies — a task she seems well prepared for.
Check out the beautiful images from the editorial…
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.
Hairstylist: Nai’vasha Johnson at Exclusive Artists using Oribe Haircare.
Make-up artist: Emily Cheng.
Manicurist: Emi Kudo at Opus Beauty
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