“Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi covers the November 2018 issue of British ELLE magazine photographed by Alex Franco and styled by Gillian Wilkins.
On her motivating forces: “First and foremost, my parents. People like [Black Lives Matter co-founder] Patrisse Cullors, who I met at The Underground Museum when I was there to watch Angela Davis speak. I already know of them both previously, but actually seeing them speak made me dig deeper into Patrisse’s history of organising, which started at such a young age. Mentorship is extremely important and, like you say, a lot of it stems from peers within my own generation.”
On social media: “Social media is such a double-edged sword because it’s the reason I’ve connected with so many amazing people, such as yourself and Sage [Adams, stylist to SZA and online activist]. I don’t feel as though these connections would have happened as quickly without that level of access to people.
The fact that we have Go Fund Me and we’re able to support a cause with that level of immediacy [is amazing]. At the same time, it’s this grand simplifier. Social media takes everything and simplifies it in a way that’s really helpful, but can also be extremely harmful because you’re giving information with no context. You’re given bits of news or information about somebody without thinking of the bigger picture. I mean, it’s quite literally looking at the little picture!”
First Image: Jacquemus Fall 2018 Collection
Second Image: Alexander McQueen Fall 2018 Collection
Hair: Nai’vasha Johnson
Makeup: Emily Cheng
[Photo Credit: Alex Franco/ELLE UK Magazine, vogue.com]