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Yara Shahidi On Colorism, Not Viewing Herself As "Light-Skinned"



Shahidi (Grownish) is African American and Iranian.
The colorism conversation has been following Shahidi for some time.

"I get that within the Black community there are a couple of us who are chosen, not by any fault of our own, to represent [everyone]. But I’ve been the same character for five years…I am not out here in a ton of movies and a ton of TV shows. [I began to see that] people have constantly had to deal with things that slowly chip away at their identity. These microaggressions make you feel like you’re never enough. I realized that if I still experience it on a level of being socioeconomically privileged, then I’m not even experiencing half of it. I’m brown-skinned. I personally don’t view myself as light-skinned. I also understand I’m not dark-skinned. I don’t know how to classify myself, but when you see me, unless you hear my name, no one’s like, ‘That’s a young Iranian girl.'”

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Tags: black celebrities, race / racism
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