Zoe Kravitz is one of our new favorite “it” girls. She’s beautiful, talented, stylish and gives off an intense individuality personality we gravitate towards. Yet, in her cover story for Nylon’s August 2015 issue, that wasn’t always the case.
Speaking intensely on growing up rich with white friends, Kravitz explained how trying to fit in to white culture led to her battling with eating disorders. Growing up, as she describes it, a “chubby, awkward brown girl around a bunch of blonde girls” led to struggles with bulimia and anorexia in my teens,” she told the mag. She said her self-loathing was a mixture of “tons of things” which included “being human.” However, she was able to overcome that issue when she began to really love herself, “loving yourself is a journey—we’re all just trying to figure it out.”
While discussing her eating disorders she also revealed she had racial identity issues and had to “un-brainwash” herself from identifying with white culture.
“I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in…I didn’t identify with black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music…Black culture is so much deeper than that, but unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media.”
She credits artists and entertainers like A Tribe Called Quest and Billie Holiday for helping her understand what black culture is really about not just what the media portrays. “Then I got older and listened to A Tribe Called Quest and watched films with Sidney Poitier, and heard Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. I had to un-brainwash myself. It’s my mission, especially as an actress.
Flip the page to check out pictures from her cover story and read it in full here.