Zoe Kravitz On The Difficulties Of Going To A ‘Mostly White’ School: ‘I Felt Like A Freak’

Zoe Kravitz is looking back on her childhood.

Star of the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, Kravitz, 29, is ELLE UK magazine’s December cover star and is opening up about feeling different growing up.

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With parents like Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Kravitz was a privileged kid but still felt like an outsider at school: “It was a rough time for someone trying to discover who they are. I went to a private school in Miami surrounded by wealthy kids, mostly white.”

She recalls, “I felt like a freak because my hair was different, and little kids would come up and say, ‘Can I feel your hair?’ The things that made me different were the things I didn’t like about myself; I wanted to straighten my hair, remind people that I was half-white.”

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But as the “Big Little Lies” actress got older, she overcame those insecurities: “I went through a really awkward phase. I was short and brown, surrounded by tall girls with boobs and blonde hair. And my dad was dating supermodels, so I was waking up to Adriana Lima. I didn’t have beauty as a crutch, and I’m thankful for that because I had to develop my personality.”

And Kravitz is still learning to love herself: “People come up to me on the street and tell me I’m beautiful and I still feel insecure. It’s important to be humble but I also want to feel beautiful. I want to love myself. That energy affects your health.”

The ELLE UK December issue is on sale Nov. 13.



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