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Yara Shahidi

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There are so many reasons to be absolutely obsessed with budding actress and Black-Ish star, Yara Shahidi.

The teenager glows on the little screen for many reasons. She’s already a Hollywood vet at 15, having snagged her first role at age 7. She’s also an activist and a book smart genius.

Here are some more reasons to be in love with the little ingenue:

Nas Is Her Second Cousin

Shahidi has trillness in her blood. The actress was so close with the rapper that she was a flower girl at his wedding. How cute!

She’s A Black Comic Nerd After Our Own Heart

Yara Shahidi has always loved comic books. She told Instyle“I track what Marvel’s doing all day every day. I love the X-Men trilogy, Thor, and Thor 2. It all started when I was in Cleveland and the Avengers cast was staying at the same hotel as I was. They were shooting it in Cleveland, so Chris Hemsworth just came in and went swimming when I was in the hot tub.”

She’s A Girl Who Is Here For Girls

The philanthropist has launched a Young Women’s Leadership Network that empowers students to break the cycle of poverty through education. She explained to the NYT, “Giving back is not just something you do as an adult.”

Her Whole Family Is Made Up Of Humanitarians

“I was raised by a bunch of humanitarians,” she said, referring to her African-American mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, a commercial actress, and her Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi, a cinematographer. Her maternal grandfather was involved in the civil rights movement.

She’s Totally Smart

The actress is enrolled in AP Calculus and honor chemistry and is killing it with a 4.6 grade point average. Go ahead girl!



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