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Rowan Blanchard, Lauren Jauregui & Yara Shahidi Blaze Activism Panels at SXSW

Rowan Blanchard, Lauren Jauregui & Yara Shahidi Blaze Activism Panels at SXSW

Activists Rowan Blanchard, Lauren Jauregui and Yara Shahidi lit up Austin, Texas, as part of a three-part panel series on Art and Activism during SXSW.

The series — hosted by collab partners Urban Outfitters and Teen Vogue — brought together three of the strongest young celebrity activist voices at the annual film, interactive media and music festival.

“I define activism as a need to know, help and explain,” Rowan said during her panel called “The Intersection of Art x Activism: Using your Voice as a Tool for Change,” which was moderated by Teen Vogue superstar editor Elaine Welteroth.

Yara spoke out about how powerful voices of her generation really are. “We are creating our own cannon — we are in charge of how we will be viewed by future generations,” she said.

Lauren joined Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of Muslim Girl, to speak on the topic “People Aren’t Illegal: The Importance of Immigration and Asylum.”

Lauren‘s talking about this topic comes after she penned a powerful open letter to President Donald Trump regarding his Muslim ban.

This is just another awesome example of young stars using their celebrity for good. Way to go, ladies!

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Michelle Obama Penned Yara Shahidi's College Recommendation Letter!

Michelle Obama Penned Yara Shahidi's College Recommendation Letter!

Yara Shahidi recently applied to some four year colleges and revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama is the one who wrote her a recommendation!

The 17-year-old Black-ish star applied to the former First Lady’s law school alma mater Harvard, Essence reports. Malia Obama is also going to be headed to Harvard after a gap year.

In addition to filming and school, Yara is also very active in other activities.

“I’m filming nine and a half hours a day five days a week, but whenever I have a free moment, I’m talking to the U.N. or working on how to get Yara’s Club launched,” Yara told the New York Times about her busy schedule.

Best of luck to Yara as she decides on colleges!

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Sabrina Carpenter & Yara Shahidi Believe There Are 'No Mistakes' in Beauty

Sabrina Carpenter & Yara Shahidi Believe There Are 'No Mistakes' in Beauty

Sabrina Carpenter and Yara Shahidi are opening up about being uniquely yourself and not letting anybody else judge you for it.

The “Thumbs” singer and the Black-ish actress posed for some gorgeous shots in Glamour magazine’s April issue, on national newsstands March 14 and available now on Glamour.com. Here’s what they told the mag:

How Sabrina sees beauty ideals evolving: “I definitely feel a shift, like now there’s no mistakes. Sure, everyone has an opinion, and people might be judgmental. But there’s a little bit more room for error nowadays, especially when it comes to trying different things, experimenting with who you are, and knowing that change is accepted. There is no right thing, really, when it comes to being yourself.”

What irks Yara most about traditional beauty standards: “I feel like it’s no big surprise to anybody that traditional beauty standards are very Eurocentric, which do not reflect nearly the majority of our society. So rather than trying to base them off one type of person, it’s about redefining them by not defining them. If there’s a definition of what it means to be beautiful, that means there’s a definition of what it means to not be beautiful.”

Also featured in the issue are Kate Mara, Lily Collins, Annalise Basso, Brit Marling, Halston Sage, Jenny Slate, Martha Hunt, Tinashe, and Jen Atkin.

For more from Sabrina and Yara, head to Glamour.com.

10+ pictures inside of Sabrina Carpenter, Yara Shahidi, and more inside the issue… More Here! »

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Yara Shahidi & Zoey Deutch Encourage Female Fans to Embrace Ambition!

Yara Shahidi & Zoey Deutch Encourage Female Fans to Embrace Ambition!

Some people look at ambition in women as a negative thing and stars like Yara Shahidi, Zoey Deutch, Gabby Douglas, and more are coming together to let their female fans know that it should be viewed as a positive!

The ladies teamed up with the Tory Burch Foundation for a new PSA encouraging women to embrace ambition. The new campaign coincides with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

Inspired by Tory’s personal experience as a woman and an entrepreneur, the campaign aims to address the double standard that exists around ambition, which is often seen as a great attribute in men and as a negative in women.

Zoey actually talked about being an ambitious woman in a recent interview!


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Yara Shahidi Is Such An Inspiration After Winning the #GenerationNext Award

Yara Shahidi Is Such An Inspiration After Winning the #GenerationNext Award

Yara Shahidi was just honored with a major award!

The black-ish starlet was honored last night at the 2017 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards with the Generation Next Award, and it looks like all of her family was there to celebrate.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Yara Shahidi

“I’m fortunate,” Yara shared in her speech after her TV mom Tracee Ellis Ross presented to her. “Because you all have taught me by example what the role of the artist is: to disrupt, to remold and to create.”

Quvenzhane Wallis and Dear White People‘s Logan Browning were also at the event.

Congrats again, Yara!

FYI: Yara wore a head-to-toe Chanel look.

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You'll Fall In Love With Dove Cameron's Faux Bob at Vanity Fair's Young Hollywood Party!

You'll Fall In Love With Dove Cameron's Faux Bob at Vanity Fair's Young Hollywood Party!

Dove Cameron went short for the Vanity Fair and L’Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood last night (February 21) in Los Angeles.

Just moments after returning to social media, the Liv and Maddie actress showed off her shorter hairstyle inside the bash, alongside Maddie Ziegler, and Ariel Winter, Emily Robinson, Yara Shahidi, Rowan Blanchard, Sofia Carson, Annalise Basso, Cameron Monaghan and Natalie Alyn Lind.

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Although we love Dove with the shorter hair, she proved last night that it was just a wig.

FYI: Dove is wearing an Elizabeth and James dress. Emily is wearing a Red Valentino dress, Nicholas Kirkwood heels, and a Jimmy Choo bag. Normani is wearing a Tracy Reese dress, Brian Atwood shoes, a Lena Erziak bag, and Swarovski jewelry. Rowan is wearing a Giambattista Valli dress. Yara is wearing Chanel. Ariel is wearing a House of CB skirt.

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Yara Shahidi Jokes That Her Fashion Style Comes With A Caution Sign

Yara Shahidi Jokes That Her Fashion Style Comes With A Caution Sign

Yara Shahidi stylishly arrives for the TopShop Unique fashion show during 2017 London Fashion Week Winter on Sunday afternoon (February 19).

The black-ish star sat front row with singers Tallia Storm, Justine Skye and Ella Eyre, plus blogger Lottie Tomlinson, while models Lottie Moss and Sistine Stallone walked the runway.

Yara recently opened up about her fashion style and how wearing one outfit makes her feel powerful.

“There’s putting on a costume and getting to be people…Pulling out my inner ’90s Justin Timberlake look, cornrows and a bandana,” she shared with ASOS mag. “Then there’s fashion which is a reflection of myself and who I am at that moment and that’s really fun.”

She adds, “I view fashion as a warning for what you’re in for. My outfits are like a caution sign – ‘Has a loud personality and will talk your ear off.’”

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Yara Shahidi, Chloe x Halle & Serayah Stun at NAACP Image Awards!

Yara Shahidi, Chloe x Halle & Serayah Stun at NAACP Image Awards!

Yara Shahidi and Chloe x Halle definitely made major fashion statements this weekend!

The black-ish actress and singing sisters hit the red carpet for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday (February 11) turning everyone’s heads with their amazing looks.

The three were joined by Empire star Serayah (looking equally as amazing), plus Yara‘s on-screen sibs Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner.

FYI: Yara wore a Blumarine dress, Anne Sisteron, Jenny Wu, and Sylvie Collection jewels, and a Judith Leiber clutch. Serayah wowed in a full Dolce & Gabbana look. Chloe x Halle were dressed in Emanuel Ungaro and Pedro Garcia shoes.

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