Zoë Kravitz Talks Self-Love, Battling Anorexia in S&M-Inspired Complex Feature
Inside, she also opens up about her battles with eating disorders, her friendship with Drake, and much more.
Lensed by Christian Anwander, the Mad Max star and Lolawolf singer is decked in black latex bodysuits, thigh highs, boots and bondage tape from Balenciaga, Atsuko Kudo, Vintage Louis Vuitton, The Baroness, Kiki de Montparnasse, and Burberry Prorsum.
Also, look out for Zoë alongside Ethan Hawke and January Jones in the thriller Good Kill (May 15, 2015), with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max (May 15, 2015), the coming-of-age dramedy DOPE (June 19, 2015), and romantic comedy Pretend We’re Kissing (TBA).
On wanting to be “normal” growing up:
“When I was younger, I really wanted to prove to people I was a normal human being, that I was cool, chill. When kids were mean, the first thing they’d say is, ‘She thinks she’s so fucking cool because her dad (Lenny Kravitz) is famous.’ I just wanted to fit in.”
On her mother (Lisa Bonet):
“I don’t think anyone knows how funny we are. It’s like this whole thing where people think we’re so cool and hippie and wear velvet but we’re the fucking nerdiest people.”
“Everyone sees themselves in some weird, obscure way. People meet her and don’t know what to do with themselves, but she doesn’t know how fucking cool she is. Or what she means to the rest of the world.”
On her struggles with bulimia and anorexia as a teenager:
“I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18. I started with the eating disorder in high school… Just [a hard time] loving myself. I think it was part of being a woman, and being surrounded by [fame]… I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”
On having a setback after playing ad anorexic in the 2013 film The Road Within:
“My parents got really scared for me to go back down that road. It was fucked up, man. You could see my rib cage. I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary.”
“It made me not only confront my demons, but also realize and accept an insecurity that’s still there, and [that it’s] easy to fall back into that pattern. I feel like something has left my body, like some part of me is gone now, something that was making me so insecure. And it feels amazing.”
On how women are taught it’s not OK to think they’re beautiful:
“It’s either: you’re conceited, or insecure, as opposed to just loving yourself.”
On her friendship with Drake:
“[We are] very good friends. I’m very flirtatious. [But] he’s family to me. He’s a really, really awesome dude. We inspire each other. We play each other music.”
On her current relationship status:
“No one ever asks me out. When I tend to meet a guy who’s cool and is into me they’re like, ‘You’re so cool that I can’t handle it.’”