Yara Shahidi turns high fashion into a powerful political statement

The 'Grown-ish' star discusses being a young activist

Yara Shahidi turns high fashion into a powerful political statement
Stars Insider

02/26/18 | StarsInsider

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In an interview with Porter, the star of 'Grown-ish' Yara Shahidi discussed how fashion could be a medium for political commentary.

"It is so important," she said. "It’s why I wear a ton of political T-shirts because I get to wear things that state my political opinions. Fashion is associated with an ideology. You could wear a beret, but when you tilt it to the side, you go from Parisian to Black Panther.”

The actress and activist is an 18-year-old with a mission. Shahidi went on to explain how though much has changed politically in the last couple years, it has led her to become firm in her morals and connect with other socially aware teens.

"I remember being at the White House and somebody asked me what I wanted to do. I said that I wanted to be a thought leader and she just kinda chuckled and said, 'You need credentials for that,'" she recalled. "It was really off-putting. I come from such strong support; I come from the land of ‘of course.’ Like, ‘of course this is going to happen’ because we have willed it to be and we are going to put in the work to make it happen."

This young star plays a powerful role on and offscreen. Watch Shahidi on the Freeform sitcom, 'Grown-ish,' currently in season.

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