Zoë Kravitz has so many victories to celebrate these days. The actress’s career is soaring and she’s about to jet off to Paris for a super romantic wedding ceremony to the love of her life, Karl Glusman. She’s also the new cover girl of British Vogue, in which she’s revealing little known tidbits from her life and experience growing up with famous parents.
Having been surrounded by fame and privileged white peers, Kravitz says she developed insecurities that led to her to develop an eating disorder at age 13. “I think it came from a lot of things,” she tells the magazine. “My mother [Lisa Bonet] was so beautiful and so tiny, I always felt clunky around her, and then my dad was always surrounded by supermodels… I was short, and you feel uncomfortable in your skin anyway at that age.”
She also describes feeling out of place in school, both as a Black girl and the daughter of celebrity parents. “My peers were wealthy white kids – jocks and cheerleaders – and I felt super alienated. On the cusp of being a teenager you’re trying to figure out who you are, and when there is no reflection of you anywhere you look, you feel like a freak.”
Ultimately, Kravitz says she’s far more comfortable in her skin in her ’30s having solidified her acting chops. “When I got into acting school, I never knew if it was because of my audition or my last name,” she says. “But I’m slowly learning that no director will hire me because of my surname. The first 10 years of my career have been about proving myself. I now finally feel like I’m in a place where I’m able to say, ‘I deserve this,’ and, “I worked really hard.’ I’m getting better.”
Head over to British Vogue to read the full article.