About Yara Shahidi

Yara Sayeh Shahidi is well known as an Iranian-American actress, model, and activist who was actively working from 2007 to now.

Quick Info
Full NameYara Sayeh Shahidi
Date of BirthFebruary 10, 2000
Birth PlaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Parent(s) Keri Salter Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi
OccupationActress, Model
Net worthUS $1 million

Personal Life and Relationship

Yara Shahidi was born on 10 February 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the U.S. as a daughter of father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer and mother, Keri Shahidi. She also has a younger sister, “Sayeed Shahidi,” a child actor and model and has one younger brother whose name is “Ehsan.” One of the famous rappers, “Nas,” is also known as her cousin. 

To talk about the relationship, she is currently single, and she had also stated that she loved to be available, and she was enjoying her single life with a busy schedule. 

Yara Shahidi

Nationality and Physical Stats

Yara Shahidi holds an American nationality where belongs to an Iranian ethnicity because her father is Iranian, but her mother is African American. She is currently 20 years old, where her height is 5 feet 3 inches, and her weight is 45kg with the body measurements of 31-23-31 inches. She has got black hair with brown eyes. As she was born on February 10, her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Early Life and Education

Keri revealed her name where Yara means someone close to your heart, and Sayeed means “Blessing and Eshan means to act everything thinking that the God is watching to us, which is the meaning in Persian.

In 2017, she was graduated from “Dwight School,” and in 2018, she joined Harvard University and made plans to study taking major in Interdisciplinary Sociology and African American Studies.

Yara Shahidi


Yara Shahidi started her career after working in television commercials and also print advertisement for companies which includes “McDonald’s,” “Ralph Lauren,” “Target,” “GapKids,” “Disney,” “Guess Kids” and “The Children’s Place” when she was only six years old. At that time, she used to work in several print and broadcast campaigns with her mother and her younger brother.

In 2009, she was cast in an American comedy movie, “Imagine That,” where she played opposite of Eddie Murphy, who is an American actor, comedian, and singer. After that, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award, which was received for the best performance in a feature film category. Further, she showed herself in the Angelina Jolie movie “Salt,” which is an action thriller movie of the year 2010, where she was seen playing the next door neighbor’s role.  Later, she was seen playing President William Johnson’s daughter as a Chloe Johnson in the television series “The First Family,” which is an American sitcom of the year 2012.

Later, Yara Shahidi was seen in the sitcom “Black-ish,” which was broadcasted on ABC in September 2014, where she was seen as a 14-years-old- Zoey Johnson. In the year 2014 December, she was able to win an NAACP Image Award for the category of “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy,” which was a significant achievement for her acting career.

Further, she had made a contract for modeling with New York’s Woman Management in 2016, a modeling agency where it provides a platform to seek more women of color.

Later, it was stated that Yara Shahidi was seen in playing in the sitcom “Grown-ish,” which was known as a spin-off of the ABC series “Black-ish,” which was broadcasted in Freeform. The series “Grown-ish” was premiered on the date of January 3, 2018.

In 2018, she became the best-dressed women, where it was dressed by the Fashion website Net-a-Porter. She was also the one woman among the fifteen women who were selected for to be the part of “British Vogue” cover of the September 2019 issue where the guest editor was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex who is an American member of the British royal family where she also used to be a philanthropist and a former actress.

After appearing in lots of movies and series, Yara Shahidi was launching their production company after a partnership with her mother, where they named their production company as “7th Sun,” and they made a deal with ABC Studios to broadcast their show on there. Later, it was stated that she would be seen in the upcoming animated musical fantasy adventure drama “Peter Pan,” which was a remake of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”

Yara Shahidi


As an Activist, Yara Shahidi had founded the Eighteen x 18, where he had to collaborate with the news publisher NowThis where it will encourage those peers to vote for the first time in the upcoming election, which was held on November 6, 2018. She had also been the part of other organizations, including Yara’s Club, where it cooperates with Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), which helps to end poverty.

Her work as an activist received lots of support where Yara Shahidi was also able to notice Michelle Obama and wrote a letter for her and suggested to Harvard University. After that, he had also offered by Teen Vogue to interview Hillary Clinton, who was in 2017.

She also supports Jussie Smollet, wherein the NAACP Image Award said that she was public with Jussie.


Net Worth

As a young actress, model, and activist, Yara Shahidi made her estimated net worth of $1 million, where she had played lots of movies and series and did her best to help other people who were in problem and motivates to other.