“I Had This Struggle of Accepting Myself as Black”: Zoe Kravitz Is Candid About Her Identity In The Allure June ’17 Issue
Actress and Model, Zoe Kravitz is a vision. We all know her as the beautiful daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz, and our Beloved “Denise,” known in real life as Lisa Bonet.
Today, she is all grown up and killing it.
In this month’s Allure Magazine, Kravitz opens up about her life, career, and her personal journey of self-acceptance.
Both of Kravitz’s parents are biracial, and while there’s no denying her obvious black roots, accepting herself as being part black, hasn’t always come easy for the actress.
“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. 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. 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 especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”
Read the complete article HERE.
I’m glad she is accepting and owning everything to makes up her. I can understand why it took so long to embrace her blackness. When you are surrounded by nothing but white people, that is who will choose to identify with and suppress the other side of you. I love her embracing her blackness seemingly much in the same why her mother and father did. Side Note: I do miss her daddy in dreads.
Congratulations on your maturity, black people have a culture, have a sense of belonging, unfortunately thinking of blacks and poor Africa makes people a little bit averse subconsciously to being black like they feel kind of ashamed that they are of African origin, guess what the Chinese have their cultures and origins, the French do too, The English people also have, infarct every race cherishes their heritage then why not us blacks? we are people with dignity, culture, beliefs, fashion and unique hair..
What an honest conversation about her journey. How powerful and pehaps painful a parenting tool to allow a child to come to her truth through her own experience.
The most Important is you are given life and experiencing it from muilticultures…