As the new “it” girl and the cover girl for the August issue of Nylon Magazine, Zoe Kravitz sits down with the editor’s to discuss her leap to stardom and growing up white-washed. The Lolawolf lead singer grew up with a myriad of insecurities stemming from the pressure to be as great as her famous parents. As a child, Kravitz was in schools that were predominately white and as a result, the 26-year-old actress began to identify more with white culture in order to fit in.
After years of struggling to find her place amongst her white peers, her self-loathing attributes and practices soon took a drastic turn and birthed an independent, unique and proud black woman. In light of self-love and her firm understanding of her forever evolving identity, Kravitz also spoke about the “Free At Last” tattoo that she got with her father to celebrate coming-of-age and finally being free from scrutiny and misunderstanding of her identity.
Kravitz’ statement from Nylon Magazine:
“I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in,” she says. “I didn’t identify with black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music. I liked Neil Young.” But as time went on, her views shifted. “Black culture is so much deeper than that,” she says, “but unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see. That’s what I saw. But then I got older and listened to A Tribe Called Quest and watched films with Sidney Poitier, and heard Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. I had to un-brainwash myself. It’s my mission, especially as an actress.”
Photo Credit(s): Nylon Mag (Bella Howard)