Zoe Kravitz has always allowed her work to speak for itself. Despite being the offspring of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, Zoe’s work defines her, not publicity, family or fame. This March, Zoe opens up and finally shares her thoughts about fashion, diversity and identity with Teen Vogue.
As the Beauty and Health Director at Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth is changing how young women view themselves and more importantly how they view each other. Through beauty, health, and an assortment of variations in perspectives that honors inclusion for all, Teen Vogue has become a place where every girl can read, connect and flourish. Last month actress Amandla Stenberg was shining as the publication’s cover girl. In her much buzzed-about interview conducted by the ever impressive Solange Knowles, Stenberg sparked conversations about race, sexuality and freedom in her raw unapologetic feature. This March, Zoe Kravitz is Teen Vogue’s newest cover Girl. In the interview conducted by her BFF, Alexander Wang, Zoe opens up about family, diversity, music and being proudly nerdy.
Despite constantly being defined as the definition of cool, Zoe rejects this notion, saying “Everyone is looking at everyone else to see what’s cool. So it’s just all about a level of confidence. When anyone sets out to be cool it becomes contrived. Cool just means I agree with this in this moment. People thought acid-washed was cool, and it wasn’t cool — it was cool then. So it really is a moment of acceptance. It’s superficial that people think I’m cool because I wear certain clothes and I have tattoos. The funniest part is, when they get to know me, they’re always surprised by how nerdy I am.” Zoe credits Wang for helping her embrace a more mature approach to her style. “As I got older, my career was picking up, and I had to figure out how to present myself. I was a weird person and was wearing my DIY shoes. You appreciated my uniqueness when I don’t think a lot of people did, but you loved me enough to gently nudge me. I needed someone to say, “You’re a woman now. Dress like a woman.” I don’t like tight clothes and wasn’t comfortable in my body. I was in this awkward phase, and you really helped and pushed me when I needed it. “
Zoe also shares that she is adamant about not succumbing to Hollywood’s lack of diversity problem by doing repeated stereotypical roles. “Typically white people have the story, and any kind of minority is like adding that pop of red or fun purse or pair of shoes to jazz up an outfit. These people are accents that make things funny, weird, or dramatic. I spent so much of my career saying no to those films. I’ve seen that movie a million times, and I don’t feel right putting that into the world over and over and over again. I’m not going to spend the rest of my life playing some girl’s friend or some girl on crack in the projects.” Read more on Teen Vogue
by Abesi Manyando