Yara Shahidi

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Born in 2000 in Minneapolis, MN to a Persian-American father and an African-American mother, Shahidi began her career appearing in print ads for Target. She soon graduated to television commercials, often appearing alongside her mother and younger brother, Sayeed, in ads for The Gap, Guess Kids and Disney. Turning to television commercials, she starred in a series of spots for Tropicana Squeeze orange juice. Meanwhile, the family moved to California in 2004 when her father switched jobs, which helped the already in-demand Shahidi to secure more acting work. In interviews, she sometimes lamented the move to the West Coast, but nonetheless acclimated nicely to her new surroundings. When she wa...

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