Yara Shahidi Explains How Fashion Can Contribute to Political Movements

Yara Shahidi Explains How Fashion Can Contribute to Political Movements

Yara Shahidi looks fierce in pink in her cover shoot for Net-a-Porter’s weekly digital magazine PorterEdit!

Here’s what the Grown-ish actress had to share with the outlet:

On being laughed at for wanting to be an activist: “I remember being at the White House and somebody asked me what I wanted to do. I said that I wanted to be a thought leader and she just kinda chuckled and said, ‘You need credentials for that.’ It was really off-putting. I come from such strong support; I come from the land of ‘of course’. Like, ‘of course this is going to happen’ because we have willed it to be and we are going to put in the work to make it happen.”

On how she deals with the pressure of being a teen star: “It’s really nice because so much of my support has been through just being Yara. Whether it is the people who got to know me through you giving me a platform to guest-edit Teen Vogue, or those kinds of opportunities in which people are getting to know me, I feel like they are getting to know my reality versus just knowing me through the show. So, they’re expecting an authentic human and that is one thing that I can provide. Usually I am just a kid in a hoodie, jeans, and a fanny pack.”

On how fashion can contribute to political movements: “[Fashion] it is so important. It’s why I wear a ton of political T-shirts because I get to wear things that state my political opinions. Fashion is associated with an ideology. You could wear a beret, but when you tilt it to the side, you go from Parisian to Black Panther.”

For more from Yara, visit Net-a-Porter.com.

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