Not only is Zoë cool, stylish, gorgeous, talented and riding a wave of success, dammit if she doesn’t also have A+ taste in company — Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monáe and Ilana Glazer all recur on her Insta. Past beaus have included Twin Shadow, Michael Fass
on, Zoë has been in the ascendant, filming roles in the Divergent series, appearing in smash-hit indie movie Dope as the beautiful girl on the block, and being cast in glamorous company alongside Abbey Lee and Rosie Huntington-whiteley as the imprisoned wives of a post-apocalyptic despot in Mad Max:
The past year brought Zoë’s highest-profile success to date, with a starring role in ensemble series Big Little Lies. If you haven’t watched it yet, turn off Stranger Things, put on your headphones and FFS watch it — right now. It’s completely binge-worthy and has proved to be portentous for its sensitive depiction of domestic violence and sexual abuse, which feels so relevant at this moment in time. Zoë’s role as Bonnie, the younger second wife of Reese Witherspoon’s ex, was a breakout one. (Fun fact: Another of Zoë’s Big Little Lies co-stars, Nicole Kidman, once dated Lenny.)
This year has also seen Zoë blossom into a fully fledged fashion icon. Back in March, Vogue UK called it early and published a story titled ‘Could Zoë Kravitz be the Best-dressed Girl of 2017?’ That was before she debuted a shaved head in April, then pulled off a head-turning moment at the Met Gala, where she was one of the big winners on a night notorious for world-class attentionseeking behaviour. Bella Hadid’s see-through body stocking faded into insignificance next to Zoë’s pink satin Oscar de la Renta gown with real black roses clustered on the bodice and cape.
Zoë’s friendship with New York-based designer Alexander Wang has aligned her with the androgynous street style of his label, though she also shows more than occasional flashes of the quirkier aesthetic so often associated with her parents. A close relationship with stylist Andrew Mukamal has seen her level of red-carpet readiness reach new heights in recent years, with Vogue using the term ‘grungy glam’ to describe her personal style, which consists of heavy metal jewellery, lots of denim, clompy shoes and oversized coats, broken up by feminine slips and sparkles, delicate tattoos (nearly 40 of them) and glowing makeup that errs on the side of natural and pretty, with a slick of black eyeliner thrown in for good measure. That incredible face does all the heavy lifting when it comes to beauty, but Zoë’s full brows keep it real, as does the fun she clearly has with changing her look from one day to the next.
This diversity in Zoë’s personal style and artistry extends to her embrace of social issues. She has worked with Shine On Sierra Leone, a charity that aims to build more schools in the poor African country, and Lumos, which advocates for children in orphanages worldwide. A scroll through her Instagram yields recent posts on the plight of African elephants, anti-bullying week, gun control and the #takeaknee movement. Despite speaking out against trolls in the past, she’ll often wade into the comments and clap-back at those with views she disagrees with, particularly when it comes to President Donald Trump, whom she calls “racist” and “an ignorant douchebag”.
This honesty is so refreshing in a time when celebs seem to carefully measure every message and outfit for fear of causing offence. And that’s why we love Zoë: for someone with such an extraordinary family, face and life, she just seems real.
Scenes from Zoë’s grid, including a moment (above) with her “sweetheart”,Big Little Liesco-star Reese.