Smile of the Week – Yara Shahidi is the Voice of Gen Z
Yara Shahidi may seem like just another celebrity teenager but there’s definitely a lot more behind this teen and her beautiful smile. The Black-ish star is providing an impressive voice to Generation Z and is indeed worth listening to.
The American actress and model of Iranian-American and African-American descent shares the meaning behind her name, which is the coolest.
“My full name is Yara Sayeh Shahidi. I am half Iranian, and it’s an Iranian name. Yar—the root of it is Arabic and Farsi, and it means friend; Yara means someone close to your heart. Sayeh is shadow, and Shahidi means witness. So my name is Someone Close to Your Heart Shadow Witness, which is pretty cool. I should be a spy. Shadow Witness should be my code name.”
Yara Shahidi and Gen Z
The 17-year-old Shahidi shares what makes being part of Generation Z great and makes us excited for what they have to offer society.
“What’s so cool about my generation is that being socially aware is ingrained in who we are. It’s almost as though we were born with a debt to society to do our part, to be a part of this peer group that understands pretty immediately the idea that whatever we do has to benefit the greater good of humanity.”
Since she is aware of her role as an advocate, the young star acknowledges the importance of educating one’s self about your advocacies in order to become an effective voice for them.
“I don’t know everything. I know a fraction of what there is to know and I don’t think I will ever know everything, but it’s important to me to constantly challenge myself, to understanding different viewpoints, really understanding nuance in topics, so I can feel qualified in what I say, so I’m not preaching falsely of what I’m unaware of.”
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And Shahidi’s ultimate goal is something we all look forward to.
“There’s a lack of humanity that goes behind policy change—policies that make being a woman a preexisting condition—and it’s because they aren’t thinking about who that affects, they’re thinking theoretically and tax break and money. And money isn’t human, we are human. The goal of my activism is to bring humanity back into humanity.”
Talk about promising young celebrities and influencers who give us hope about a bright future.