Big Little Lies actress recently shared a pretty big secret to Allure: It hasn’t been easy for her to accept herself as Black.
In the June issue of the popular women’s magazine, Zoe Kravitz opened about being raised by two biracial parents; being the only Black kid in school and encountering racism in Trump’s America.
“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. I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself,” the 28-year-old shared.
She added: “And 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 [Lenny Kravitz] especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”
Kravitz later admitted that her own experiences with white people as of late have played a role in how she racially identities.
“Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong. I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. 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. It’s been a really interesting journey because I was always one of the only black kids in any of my schools. I went to private schools full of white kids,” she said.
Kravitz, whose mother Lisa Bonet played the iconic Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and Different World, also opened up how the rape allegations against Bill Cosby have impacted her family.
“I think [my mother] didn’t like hearing that. It bummed her out. Though she didn’t seem incredibly surprised about it. I don’t think she wants to hear about anyone being abused, especially by someone she spent so much time with. It feels sh*tty. You want to shower.”
Kravitz is June’s cover girl—and she is killing it!
Watch her transform herself into 60s icon Twiggy:
"I think everyone is the most beautiful when they are the most themselves — feeling comfortable in their own skin and doing them and not doing what everyone else tells you to do." For her cover issue, #ZoeKravitz chose to transform into the iconic #Twiggy, who inspired her and the rest of the world by defining beauty on her own terms. Tap the link in bio to watch the full transformation. (📹: @carissajg 👗: @ajmukamal 💇: @nikkinelms 💄: makeup @georgisandev 💅: @nailsbymarysoul)
The June issue of Allure is on newsstands now.
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Zoe Kravitz: ‘I Struggled With Accepting Myself As Black’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com