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Zoe Kravitz: ‘I Initially Got Braids as a Joke’

Avatar • Oct 2, 2015

Zoe Kravitz is the October cover girl for California-based C Magazine and she opened up about her career, family (she is the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and Cosby show legend Lisa Bonet) and identity. It’s a topic she’s been more vocal about lately. Kravitz has spoken before about her hesitance to identify with African American culture. She touches on this again in her feature.

I think there was a point when I resisted being categorized,” she reflects. “I got past that and started to really dig deeper and learn more about my roots. I identify as everything, and am proud and connected to the rich history that I come from.”

The actress and singer also spoke about her braids, which have become somewhat of a signature look over the past year.

Her daily uniform is an urban-inspired study in black and white—revealing enough to show off some of her ink (including a cassette tape, a mermaid, an arrow and the words “Free at last,” an ode to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech). Her coiffure, these days, is lustrous, torso-grazing braids: “I originally did them as a joke, like an ode to the ’90s,” she says. “They aren’t some symbolic thing, but it still feels important, I think, to be a brown girl with natural hair. You see blond girls with the same hair in every movie.”

Check out the photos from the feature.

C Magazine http://magazinec.com/culture/zoe-kravitz

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C Magazine http://magazinec.com/culture/zoe-kravitz

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C Magazine http://magazinec.com/culture/zoe-kravitz

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Sam
Sam
5 years ago

I don’t think that she really meant that she got the braids as a ‘joke.’ It was probably just a poor word choice. I think what she really meant is that she got them to be trendy and realized that it’s much more than that.

The Darling Kinkshamer
The Darling Kinkshamer
5 years ago
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I really hope so.

Elle P.
Elle P.
5 years ago

I think she looks good,not really thinking about what she said about the braids. I remember Erykah Badu said something about her turban when she first came on the scene. She literally said ‘it’s not that deep.’ So…

I may look for that magazine though…

Orihime11
Orihime11
5 years ago

That whole family is dope!

Beans
Beans
5 years ago

I feel like I am re-surprised every time I remember that she’s Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s daughter because both of them look almost as young as she does! That’s a family that just oozes cool.

Sharon Hughes
Sharon Hughes
5 years ago

Jesus i dont think i ever in my life seen someone who looks so much like there mother…shes like a Lisa clone …its so crazy to me every time i see her

D S
D S
5 years ago

I think she got it to be kind of ironic but then really felt it

omfg
omfg
5 years ago

whatever zoe

Staci Elle
5 years ago

Girl bye.

maji
maji
5 years ago

She is the joke. Fa real she bout to go Raven on us. She clearly got issues when it coes to race and she needs to face those demns on somebody’s couch and not in the media. I like the pics except the cover one. But she trippin.

Ms. A
Ms. A
5 years ago

I’m glad she recognizes braids as a cultural reference. Some people have to learn or see for themselves why natural hair is beautiful. Zoe wasn’t ashamed of it she just did not understand at the time.

The Darling Kinkshamer
The Darling Kinkshamer
5 years ago

It must be nice to be able to “choose” to identify with African-American culture.

Well, honestly she IS African-American, therefore where’s the choice? It’s an ethnic group and there’s nothing wrong with it. Do we see Chinese Americans refusing to identify as Chinese? It’s okay to a Black African American.

My grand parents were mixed and Native American and my great-grand parents–one was white! I am brown, and African-American.

Niesha
Niesha
5 years ago

go play with your white friends zoe, you clearly has chosen your people.. she just needs to stop talking… she is only black when it benefits her..

Phedre No Delauney
Phedre No Delauney
5 years ago

I completely identify with Zoe. I’m a mixed (multiracial) woman and it irks me that 1) I’m forced into the label of “black” by both black and white people, but 2) am not accepted by black people as a “real” black person. Why do black people think it’s OK to disregard your non-black ancestry, but if you disregard your black ancestry, you’re some sort of sell out? I’m light skin with green eyes…and dreads and an African husband and children with traditional African names, but you will NEVER catch me disrespecting the other (equally important) parts of my culture.

tristan morris
tristan morris
4 years ago

I think mixed raced people, who have african ancestry believe that it is predominantly african people who want them to identify as black. In reality there is a much broader and intense history behind the reason why most biracial /multiracial black people identify as such. The one drop rule was created by Caucasians, it is not a black thing; back in the day you didn’t have any other choice, unless you could pass, and then have to strip yourself of your identity. Black people just had to accept all the biracial people into our community because there was no where… Read more »

aalilamar
4 years ago

Omg… is she beautful!!! She’s a very beautiful girl, that’s all that matters… black/white/brown who cares!? Why should someone be forced to accept a specific category? Black’s want her to be black, White’s want her to be white… why does this matter so much anyway? She is what she is…

Twinkle
Twinkle
5 years ago

Her being so honest about her personal journey is pretty cool and I wonder how long it takes her to braid up her hair? I don’t think I have the patience to do mine like that lol

blah
blah
5 years ago

get over yourselves people. you don’t know how hard it is to be around black people when you’re not ‘typically’ black (think carlton banks)

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