Zoe Kravitz Wears Little To Nothing For GQ Magazine
“It’s interesting that we’ve come to a place where people are expected to just do one thing,” says Zoë Kravitz, one warm, rainy afternoon at the end of March when she is very much not doing just one thing. The 26-year-old model-actress-musician is holding court in a room at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel, T-minus three hours from her band’s first hometown show after two weeks on the road. It is not entirely clear what she is promoting today.
Which makes sense. In 2015 alone, Kravitz will appear in the second installment of the Divergent trilogy (she wears black and beats people up), in the completely insane Mad Max revival (wears white; same), and as the unattainable love interest in the Sundance hit Dope. That’s on top of touring the country with her band, Lolawolf, stopping by South by Southwest, and sharing the stage with acts as varied as John Legend and Azealia Banks.
“You used to have to be a triple threat to make it in Hollywood,” says Kravitz. “Think about Gene Kelly and everyone. You used to have to sing, you used to have to dance. You were an entertainer.”
Kravitz couldn’t have a better role model for that than her father, Lenny, whose triple threat is musician/actor/mesh-wearing sex icon. But she’s put her own, generational spin on the family trade: She isn’t just a model; she’s proficient in the kind of Instagram-based self-promotion that eludes most people over 20 years old. And she doesn’t just play music; she plays in an indie band—a function, she’ll admit, of choice—whom she tours with relentlessly. Today, she’s fresh off fourteen days of sharing a tour bus with nine dudes.
“It’s so much work,” she says. “But let’s be real: I’m not doing this for the money.” Kravitz, it should be said, is not shy about the privilege that comes with being the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. She could get a major record deal. She could—let’s be realer—do nothing at all. But she knows how the world looks down on people who trade on status they didn’t earn. She also has a sixth sense for cool. She takes a sip of tea, and I catch a glimpse of the constellation of tattoos that runs from her fingers into the drapey sleeves of her robe-like shirt, the kind of random assortment of shapes (a moon, a tape cassette) that’d look affected on anyone else. She knows how to walk this walk. She didn’t invent it, but you could say she has it in her DNA.
We love us some Zoe Kravitz. Gotta give her some credit for honing actual talent and grinding and not just taking the easy way out like some other privileged celeb kids…
Photo Credit: GQ Magazine/STEVEN PAN