“The goal of my activism is to bring humanity back into humanity.”.”
Yara Shahidi is an American actress, model, and activist best known for her starring role as the oldest daughter Zoey Johnson in the comedy Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish. She signed with Women Management modeling agency in 2016 in hopes of raising the number of women of color in diverse roles and has since continued to empower women and promote self-love through fashion and body positivity. Additionally, Shadhidi’s following has allowed her to share her political beliefs and founded Eighteen x 18 with social news publisher NowThis. Eighteen x 18 is a creative platform to engage the youth to be involved in politics and vote. She also has a partnership called Yara’s Club with the Young Women’s Leadership Network of New York, which provides online mentorship to aid in ending poverty through education. Shahidi currently attends Harvard University..
Q: What advice do you have for young women who might not see their own potential?
A: “Find your support network. It’s something I say often because it’s still insurmountably powerful. I, fortunately, have a group of women in my family who I can turn to. It’s important to have people to gas you up.” GC4Women..org