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
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.