American model, actress, and activist Yara Shahidi is the gorgeous cover star of ESSENCE magazine April Issues and she talks handling fame, being a teenage activist, Twitter comments, identity, race, “wokeness,” and more.
About Twitter comments, the beauty said, “Quite honestly, I’m the kind of person to get my feelings hurt over something somebody said on Twitter,”
“There are those moments when I can go through 10 million amazing comments that are super supportive, and one person may say something and I’ll stew over it. That’s something that I’ve actively had to work on.”
“When you are in the public eye as a person of color, you are given very little room to mess up. [It means] letting the culture down,” she said about being an activist.
“I feel comfortable putting my political stances out there without feeling as though I am filling some sort of quota. I don’t have a wokeness quota for the day.”