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Zoë Kravitz Talks Racial Identity in Allure:”It’s Been a Really Interesting Journey …”

Zoë Kravitz is the epitome of cool as she takes over Allures June cover. But what’s even more cool is what she had to say.

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The 28 year old addressed a number of interesting topics in her interview. One being Bill Cosby, as we all know her mother, Lisa Bonet, played his daughter on The Cosby Show. Another her stance on America’s racial and political situation which turned into  her acceptance of her blackness that, according to her, caused a “big shift.”

“Racism is very real and white supremacism is going strong,” Zoe started before diving in to her own experiences as growing up a mixed child with superstar, mixed parents.

“I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides,” she said. “The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history.”
 
She touched on always being one of the “one of the only black kids” in her private schooling “It’s been a really interesting journey…” she explained “…I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black…The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird,” Zoe continue. “I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself.”
All in all, she’s fully embracing her culture, which means a ton to her father, Lenny Kravitz.

“Now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black…It’s still ongoing, but a big shift has occurred. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”


But that’s not all, she also talked about her style (the platinum hair) and  dropped a few names *cough*Helen Bonham Carter *cough* that if you’re not already reading the full feature, it definitely encourages you to.
Peep her full interview here.

 

 

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