Yara Shahidi for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Magazine

Posted on September 04, 2020

Yara Shahidi covers ‘The Dreamers Issue’ of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia photographed by Greg Swales and styled by Jason Bolden.




On her multicultural background: “Having a family that’s Iranian, I’ve always had a global sense of community and culture. It goes back to why I’m a total history nerd. I think [we should] continue to create a more realistic version of history that doesn’t push forward this [idea] that Europe was the centre of the world. What we’re ignoring are the levels of contribution that everywhere else in the world made to our development and wellbeing. I don’t know if people would equate technological innovation to the Middle East, although if there was a fair portrait in our history, there would be a better understanding.”

On encouraging young people to vote: “What the pandemic has brought is the knowledge that nothing is certain, so you have to be as dynamic as the circumstances,” she explains. “We used to rely on the fact that voting is super simple; it takes two seconds. Now it looks different. We have to be really transparent about the changes. We have to figure out how we can level the playing field and arm young voters with the information they need.”

On the famously shelved episode of Black-ish finally airing: “So many families don’t have the privilege of turning these subjects on and off. Even with my own family, when an episode ends I don’t have the privilege of saying ‘well that conversation is over with’ because these are things that affect us 24/7. So to be able to air an episode that dives into these issues, of what it’s like to grow up as a black family, is important for our very large audience to see.”


Style Credits:
First Cover: Givenchy Dress | Tiffany & Co. Jewelry
Second Cover: Marc Jacobs Hat | Tiffany & Co. Jewelry
Third Cover: JW Anderson Dress | Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

Hair by Fesa Nuza
Makeup by Emily Cheng


[Photo Credit: Greg Swales for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Magazine]

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