Context is everything, and while Zoe Kravitz is one of the most lauded beauties of our day now, when she was growing up, she says she felt anything but.
Kravitz, the 29-year-old daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, appears on the cover of December’s Elle, and inside, she discusses her struggles growing up in a mostly white community.
The Big Little Lies Star says: "It was a rough time for someone trying to discover who they are. I went to a private school in Miami, surrounded by wealthy kids, mostly white. I felt like a freak because my hair was different, and little kids would come up and say, ‘Can I feel your hair?’ "
She continues, "The things that made me different were the things I didn’t like about myself; I wanted to straighten my hair, remind people that I was half white."
Kravitz explains that her father’s love interests also underlined her feelings of difference: "I went through a really awkward phase. I was short and brown, surrounded by tall girls with boobs and blonde hair. And my dad was dating supermodels, so I was waking up to Adriana Lima. I didn’t have beauty as a crutch, and I’m thankful for that because I had to develop my personality."
Kravitz has opened the doors to her inner life of late. A few weeks ago, she casually told Rolling Stone that she and boyfriend Karl Glusman are engaged.