“Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi covers the latest issue of Porter magazine photographed by Cass Bird and Styled by Elissa Santisi.
On her background: “I felt like my family had already achieved much of the impossible. It’s a unique perspective, being black and Iranian, and coming from two persecuted peoples. On one side of my family is the list of people who can’t enter the US from certain countries,” she says, referring to President Trump’s so-called Muslim travel ban, “and on the other side are those who are familiar with what it’s like being black in America.”
On being nominated as the voice of a generation: “A defining mark of Generation Z has been this desire to be undefined and to have some autonomy over self in terms of saying, ‘This is how I identify. And I should have the right to live freely.’ Even just looking at my friendship groups, I see the spectrum of sexuality, gender identity, immigration status, being the first person in the family to go to college. I feel like there’s a variation now that you can’t deny. And as that expands with our generation, there will come a very natural point at which you can look at the world and say, ‘That’s why I believe all these other people deserve similar rights.’”
[Photo Credit: Cass Bird/Porter Magazine]