Yara Sayeh Shahidi was born on February 10th, 2000. She is an American actress, model, and activist. She gained recognition for her starring role as the oldest daughter Zoey Johnson on the sitcom blackish 2014–present and its following series Grown-ish 2018–present. Her film credits include imagine that (2009), Smallfoot (2018), and the lead role in The Sun Is Also A Star (2019). Time, included her on "The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016" list.
She began her career when she was 6 years old, appearing in television commercials and print advertisements for companies such as McDonald's, Ralph Lauren, Target, Gapkids, Disney, Guess Kids and The Childrens' Place She frequently worked with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.
Shahidi made her cinematic debut in 2009, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures' Imagine That for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination for the best performance in a feature film category. She also appeared in the Angelina Jolie action film Salt in 2010 as a next door neighbor. In 2012, she played Chloe Johnson, the daughter of President William Johnson, in the TV series The First Family.
In September 2014, Shahidi starred in ABC's prime-time comedy Blackish as 14-year-old Zoey Johnson. In December 2014 she won an NAACP Image Award in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy'.In 2016, she signed to model with New York's Women Management modeling agency, in hopes of providing a platform to see more women of colour in diverse roles.
ABC studios announced in 2017 that Shahidi would be headlining a Blackish spinoff, titled Grownish on its sister network Free-form . The series premiered on January 3, 2018.She was ranked one of the best dressed women in 2018 by fashion website Net-a-Porter.
She was one of fifteen women selected to appear on the cover of the September 2019 issue of British Vogue by guest editor Meghan Duchess of Sussex
In 2020, Shahidi and her business partner (her mother) launched their production company 7th Sun and signed a deal with ABC Studios to produce shows. She was recently cast as Tinker Bell in the upcoming Peter Pan remake Peter Pan and Wendy.Below are more recent photos of Yara Sayeh Shahidi.
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