Joined on May 06, 2013
Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a mother, Keri Salter Shahidi, of African-American and Choctaw descent, and an Iranian-American father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer. The family moved to California for Afshin's work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor and model Sayeed Shahidi, and they have a younger brother, Ehsan. The rapper Nas is their cousin.Keri Shahidi said the name Yara translates to "someone who is close to your heart" in Persian.
On June 6, 2017, Shahidi announced she will attend Harvard University.