I thought it was cool when my favorite English teacher wrote my college recommendation letter. But Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi had a pretty cool mentor endorse her academic potential: former FLOTUS (*pause for a quick cry*), Michelle Obama.
“She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say”.
The actress surely will succeed on her own merit regardless.
In addition to being a talented and accomplished actress, the 17-year-old has an outstanding academic track record and is an ever-growing role model who is vocal about many issues, including politics and female empowerment.
Shahidi most recently appeared in Tory Burch’s recent #EmbraceAmbition campaign in honor of Women’s History Month.
Yara plans on taking a gap year. She will major in African American studies and Sociology at whatever university she chooses to attend.
Shahidi began her career as a children’s clothing model and starred in the film Imagine That but really came to the spotlight with her role in Black-ish.
The show is finally beginning to earn the critical acclaim it deserves, with a few Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win by Tracee Ellis Ross.