TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

Zoë Kravitz huh? With a pedi­gree like hers, we’d for­give her for hav­ing her head in the clouds, but some­how she’s stayed firmly grounded, the real girl we can all look up to. Sally Connor re­ports

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Imean, you’ve gotta feel for the kids of celebri­ties. Grow­ing up is hard, messy and scary enough, with­out hav­ing to do it un­der the glar­ing spot­light of fame and in the shadow of the fa­mous, beau­ti­ful megas­tars who cre­ated you. Ac­cess to ex­clu­sive clubs, hol­i­days on pri­vate is­lands and the ac­crual of mil­lions of In­sta­gram fol­low­ers solely by virtue of your parent­age are paid for in a total lack of pri­vacy and a per­ma­nently dis­torted view of re­al­ity. Many young peo­ple — fa­mous or oth­er­wise — don’t make it out alive.

As the only daugh­ter of ac­tress and leg­endary beauty Lisa Bonet and rock star Lenny Kravitz, Zoë Kravitz has had more to han­dle than many celebrity kids. When your mother is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered to be one of the most gor­geous peo­ple in the world and your father is dat­ing a slew of su­per­mod­els? That’s got to mess with your head.

Back to that in a bit. Now aged 29, Zoë’s in a league of her own. With a stel­lar 2017 be­hind her, the ac­tress, singer and model has more than emerged from un­der the halo of her par­ents’ suc­cess and is be­com­ing an in­spi­ra­tion for women ev­ery­where. Her an­drog­y­nous beauty, out­spo­ken­ness on is­sues such as fem­i­nism and eat­ing dis­or­ders, fas­ci­nat­ing choice of act­ing roles and ap­pear­ances in the most ex­clu­sive frows in New York and Paris have seen her be­come a style icon and ex­cit­ing artist in her own right. Now adorn­ing Saint Lau­rent bill­boards all over the world, film­ing her part as Leta Les­trange in the next in­stal­ment of the block­buster Fan­tas­tic Beasts se­ries and cam­paign­ing for schools in Sierra Leone, is there any­thing she can’t do?

Rewind to 2013, and things were very dif­fer­ent. De­spite her par­ents split­ting up when she was five, Zoë man­aged to en­joy a rel­a­tively nor­mal child­hood, liv­ing out­side the Hol­ly­wood bub­ble in Mi­ami with her father from age 11. She was close to both her par­ents, whom she de­scribes as down to earth, de­spite their rep­u­ta­tion as im­pos­si­bly mys­te­ri­ous bo­hemi­ans. “I don’t think any­one knows how funny we are,” she told Com­plex magazine. “It’s like this whole thing where peo­ple think we’re so cool and hip­pie and wear vel­vet… but we’re the f**king nerdi­est peo­ple.”

De­spite her par­ents’ best ef­forts, life lived ad­ja­cent to fame and wealth did take a toll. Zoë slipped into anorexia and bu­limia in her late teens and the “aw­ful dis­eases” stayed with her into adult­hood. In 2013 she filmed The Road Within, a road movie about a boy with Tourette’s syn­drome, played by Dev Pa­tel, and a young anorexic, played by Zoë. Her ef­forts to lose more and more weight for the part saw her dance dan­ger­ously close to obliv­ion.

But out of dark­ness some­times comes light or, at least, art. Through mak­ing mu­sic with friends dur­ing her down­time on set, Zoë found a path back to health and hap­pi­ness. Her band, Lo­la­wolf, was formed dur­ing these late-night jam ses­sions and sub­se­quently re­leased an al­bum and two EPS. From that point

Above: Rolling with mama Lisa and, more re­cently, papa Lenny too (top). Bot­tom right: Just look­ing fire on a Sunset Boule­vard bill­board for Saint Lau­rent, NBD. The lux­ury la­bel’s SS18 cam­paign (bot­tom left) taps into Zoë’s mod­ern­bo­hemian aes­thetic.

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