The Luxe Lineup: Yara Shahidi - The Girl Behind Zoey Johnson from Grown-ish
If you haven’t seen ABC’s Black-ish or Freeform’s Grown-ish, you don’t know what you’re missing. Black-ish tells the story of an affluent black family growing up in a predominantly white and affluent neighborhood in California. The show also explores various racial, social and political issues in a fun and comedic way. One of the crucial characters of the show is Zoey Johnson, played by Yara Shahidi. Zoey is the oldest child in the family and throughout the series we see her character’s demeanor, social awareness and style evolve. Zoey’s outfits on Black-ish and Grown-ish can be described as unique, flamboyant and colorful. She has a tendency to mix prints and textures that only a hand full of people could pull off.
Zoey’s character was so popular that they decided to give her a spin-off called Grown-ish. It aired this past Wednesday at 8pm on FreeForm.
The show follows Zoey as she starts her freshman year at a fictional university in California. We see Zoey and her friends experience the ups and downs of life away from their parents, coming into their own identity and navigating racial, social and political issues on a college campus. And you gotta love the re-creation of the legendary, Breakfast Club movie cover.
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Several comparisons have also been made between Black-ish/ The Cosby Show and Grown-ish/ A Different World. Denise Huxtable was given her own spin-off from The Cosby Show entitled, ‘A Different World‘. In ‘A Different World‘ we saw Denise Huxtable attend Hillman College, a fictional historically black school in Virginia. We also saw Denise and her friends explore several issues plaguing college-aged students and African Americans during the 80’s & 90’s such as sexual assault, sexism, racism, colorism, police brutality and politics.
Yara is also passionate about these issues. On numerous occasions she’s voiced her opinion on women’s rights, the black lives matter movement and various other issues happening in our world. She will also be attending Harvard University and double majoring in Sociology and African-American studies. Yara has solidified herself as one of the most influential voices of her generation. She was also voted one of the most influential teens of 2017 by Time Magazine and listed on Forbes’ 30 under 30. Yara is also extremely passionate about young girls getting involved in social issues and having a quality education. She formed the Yara’s Club, a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership School that strives to connect high school students with each other to discuss social issues and the action steps they can take to get involved. She also worked with Michelle Obama on her Let Girls Learn education initiative, which aims to ensure that girls all over the world get a quality education. Its a common misconception that people her age or younger aren’t interested in getting involved in social and political issues. Her involvement shows that no matter what your age you can be aware and involved in important social and political matters going on around the world.
Now this wouldn’t be a fashion blog if we didn’t discuss Yara’s personal style. There are a lot of similarities between Zoey’s style and Yara’s style. You can clearly see they both have a love for prints, statement pieces and changing up their hair styles. Yara’s style perfectly matches her colorful and vibrant personality and we look forward to seeing what she will wear next.
Make sure you tune into Freeform on Wednesday’s at 8pm to see Yara Shahidi and the rest of her castmates in Grown-ish.
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