“Grown-ish” star Yara Shadid covers the June 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia magazine photographed by Taylor Tupy and styled by Andreas Kokkino.
On her multicultural background: “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?”
On deconstructing 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.
On embracing diversity and equality in Hollywood: “Well, for one we have a long way to go in terms of diversity and seeing everyone represented,” she says. “We’re getting there and we are seeing progress.”
“I love being able to turn on the television and see everyone from Issa Rae to Constance Wu to Priyanka Chopra. It’s amazing, so I feel like we’re expanding with diversity. We’re saying it’s more than ethnicity, it’s religion, it’s sexuality, it’s all the intersections that make a human.”
Cover: Chanel Spring 2018 Couture Collection
First Image: Chanel Spring 2018 Couture Collection
Second Image: Chanel Spring 2018 Couture Collection
Hair: Nai’vasha Johnson at Exclusive Artists
Makeup: Emily Cheng
[Photo Credit: /Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Magazine, vogue.com]