We know—we’re obsessed. And clearly, we’re already missing Grown-ish way too much, since we’re giving you a day full of Chloe, Halle and, now, a double dose of Yara. But we couldn’t possibly see our favorite ingenue on the April cover of the New York Times Style Magazine’s Singapore edition and not share it with you—especially when it comes with a fashion-filled, dance-themed video (you can thank us now):
Shahidi is gorgeous as always, styled in a collection of whites, grays and sky blue hues that play against the California sky and rustic Los Angeles warehouse district that serve as her backdrop (or dance floor, depending on the moment). Her famous curls, styled as usual by Nai’vasha Johnson, swing free about her minimally made-up, luminous face.
But what’s really cool about Shahidi covering this month’s “Unconventional”-themed issue is that she truly is. At only 18, she’s one of a handful of young Hollywood actors redefining what it means to be a star on the rise, coupling activism and outspokenness with a stellar work ethic, starring roles and red-carpet appearances. Fittingly, the cover lists a series of nouns and verbs readily associated with Shahidi herself: “Influence; Identity; Advocate; Resist; Vote.”
Clearly, she already has our vote.