[Close-Up] Issa Rae & Yara Shahidi Named Fresh Faces For ‘Marie Claire’

Issa Rae X Marie Claire

Photo Credit: Erik Madigan Heck

issa Rae and Yara Shahidi star in Marie Claire’s fifth annual Fresh Faces issue. The glossy said Hollywood “is in desperate need of a reset” and these ladies are just as refreshing on the screen as they are off.

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For her cover spread, Issa rocks vibrant lippies painted by Emiily Simkin and textured updos coifed by Felicia Leatherwood, while Yara serves curly envy with her crown styled by Nai’vasha Johnson and nude beat by Emily Cheng.

Inside, they get candid about relationships, success and activism.

Yara Shahidi

Photo Credit: Erik Madigan Heck

Issa Rae on her success:

“I’m happy and grateful to be in a position where I can want to see something, and then support the people who are telling stories I want to see.”

Yara on diversity in Hollywood:

“I’m in no way trying to be the face of blackness. The goal is to open doors, role by role, and be drowning in a sea of people who look like me, or like someone else, so anyone can see themselves reflected on screen.””


The two will be honored alongside cover co-stars Riley Keough, Sophie Turner and Katherine Langford at the Fresh Faces party later this month. Click through for more images from the spread lensed by Erik Madigan Heck.

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