Yara Shahidi Gets Real About Her Political and Self-Care Goals for 2019

“It's hard to separate the personal from the political,” says 18-year-old actress Yara Shahidi. Christened by Teen Vogue as “one of the most prominent Generation Z political voices,” the Grown-ish star’s activism is not just her social justice commentary on Instagram or her hand in movements like the Eighteen x ’18 campaign encouraging young voters to show up to the midterm polls. For Shahidi, having a political voice comes down to the very fabric she puts on her body—the monochrome Melody Ehsani tracksuits she labels her signature; the Pyer Moss men’s leisure suit she’s wearing for today’s photo shoot (a shamrock-colored number printed with the faces of an African American father and his kids). “Wearing what you want is a powerful political statement,” Shahidi asserts. “Fashion is a reclamation of identity.”