DO cel­e­brate Yara Shahidi

Cool-girl Yara talks teen ac­tivism, aca­demics and the game-chang­ing power of per­sonal style.

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it’s been a few months since the 17-year-old Black-ish star com­pleted high school, and af­ter four years of jug­gling act­ing, stud­ies and ac­tivism, Yara is tak­ing a gap year dur­ing which she will shoot the spin-off se­ries Col­lege-ish. Next up: Har­vard Univer­sity, where she plans to con­cen­trate on African-amer­i­can and so­cial stud­ies.

“I’m do­ing my best to help sup­port my gen­er­a­tion,” she says with a mod­est op­ti­mism that is re­flected in her dress code, which is heavy on bright stripes for the red car­pet and graphic T-shirts for protests. As she puts it,“i range from lov­ing be­ing an­drog­y­nous to want­ing a layer of fem­i­nin­ity.”

And her across-the-spec­trum style makes sense con­sid­er­ing that her fa­ther, Af­shin, worked as per­sonal pho­tog­ra­pher to the revered late mu­si­cian, Prince.

“No mat­ter what Prince wore, high heels or the most fab­u­lous fe­dora, it felt as though he was born with it,” she re­calls.

And she seems to have learned from the pop icon, judg­ing by the ease with which she switches from sweaters to the em­broi­dered and mir­rored Gucci num­ber she wore to the 2017 MTV Awards.

“That kind of out­fit forces you to be proud of the space you take up. At the time I thought,‘i’ve never worn any­thing like this, but it’s so per­fectly me right now.’”

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