Yara Shahidi added another line to her ever-expanding resume this week, becoming the newest member of the SeeHer advisory board. SeeHer is the Association of National Advertisers’ movement for gender equality in advertising and media, and Yara Shahidi is joining the fight to promote fairness and equality for others. This isn’t the first time that Shahidi has used her stardom to fight for the common good, she’s already been one of the most successful young actors to promote campaigns for better education, fair treatment, and criminal justice reform.
Shahidi recently starred in the YA romantic-drama “The Sun Is Also a Star” with Charles Melton, and she is a star of “black-ish” on ABC, and the spinoff series “grown-ish” on Freeform. Over the last few years, Shahidi was awarded an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress and picked up a Gracie Award for a Female in a Breakthrough Role. Shahidi was also a Glamour magazine Women of the Year honoree, and was named twice by Time magazine as one of the 30 Most Influential Teens.
In 2016, Shahidi founded Eighteen x 18 to provide a platform to empower and engage first-time voters during the 2018 midterm elections. With her partners, she has donated over $500K to several organizations, including Third Wave Fund, which contributes to a youth-led Gender Justice organization that also works to advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities. That same year, Shahidi received the Daily Points of Light Award. She continues to champion STEM programs and resources for young students across the country, and uses her platform to advocate for funding for classrooms in need of scientific and technological resources. Shahidi collaborated with the Obama administration on several STEM initiatives, including co-hosting the White House Science Fair.
“Media impacts culture and how we interact with one another on a local and global scale. I am driven to use my voice and platform to raise awareness about the importance of representation in media,” said Shahidi.
“We are delighted to have Yara, a prominent voice and leader of Gen Z, join our advisory board and inform our strategy to engage this crucial generation for change,” said Christine Manna, president and chief operating officer of the ANA. “With our expanding emphasis on intersectionality, we are also extremely excited to collaborate with her on our targeted efforts to address the unique challenges that marginalized women and girls face in media portrayals.”
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