Yara Shahidi on standing up for herself and being comfortable with saying ‘no’

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Yara Shahidi at the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET. Photographed by Frazer Harrison
Yara Shahidi at the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET. Photographed by Frazer Harrison
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While we all have resolutions for our goals and self-improvement, the same goes for celebrities. Actress Yara Shahidi is embracing doing what makes her feel comfortable and not sacrificing her own values to make other people happy.

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“I had a ‘year of no’ last year which now is turning into two 'years of no' and that’s all about being comfortable in asking for what you want and as long as what you are asking for is rooted in your personal values, you shouldn’t feel any sort of way about asking for those things,’’ says the 20-year-old, talking to Grazia.

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“I just wanted to feel comfortable insisting on the things I knew I wanted,” she adds. The Grown-ish star insists she is never unreasonable in her requests and would rather be ‘disruptive’ if it means standing up for herself.

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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