Yara Shahidi Is Set To Become The First Black Tinkerbell, And I Can't Stop Smiling

Yara Shahidi Is Set To Become The First Black Tinkerbell, And I Can't Stop Smiling
·Updated 8 minutes ago. Posted 1 hour ago

"I’m excited for this next adventure!"

You know Yara Shahidi. Black-ish actor, fashion icon, passionate activist, and inspiration to us all.

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Well now, the 20-year-old is out here changing the game. Yara Shahidi was just cast as the first Black Tinkerbell ever!!

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The film, called Peter Pan and Wendy, will star Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson as the titular characters. And Jude Law will be playing Captain Hook!

In a recent Instagram post, she made the announcement by sharing some gorgeous artwork (by @alexcollectsofficial) portraying her as Tinkerbell.

"Thank you for all of the love," the Grown-ish actor said in the caption. "It truly means so much to me. I’m excited for this next adventure!"

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Blessing us with Yara as Tinkerbell is Disney's latest move to increase diversity in live-action films. You might remember that Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in an upcoming remake of The Little Mermaid. Let's hope this trend continues!

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Just last week, Yara spoke at the 2020 Emmy Awards about the significance of on-screen inclusivity.

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"The stories we tell on TV shape how we see ourselves in others, and how we are seen can many times determine how we are treated," she said.

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"The dream of television is the freedom to live our full and nuanced lives outside of boxes and assumptions. We continue to strive for a more complete definition of inclusivity."

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Congratulations, Yara, for making that dream come true on the big screen! We love to see it!!

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