I’m not really the one to usually have girl crushes but when I crush, I crush hard. Especially when the chick is not only hot as hell but also witty, smart, cool, funny as well as well-spoken and stands up for what she believes in. I mean, how could you not crush on someone whose Instagram description is
“Trying not to be a TOTAL asshole since 1988”?
I know, the struggle is real.
I can’t recall exactly the first time I saw Zoë---unfortunately only online, I would have definitely remembered any other encounter---but I remember her last September’s Harpers Bazaar photo shoot very well.
You know, that photoshoot with Zoë dressed in white, posing with wolves in the middle of the desert? Besides Kravitz looking like a complete embodiment of femininity in touch with the nature inside as well as that outside of herself, running with the wolves (yes, that was a Women Who Run With The Wolves book reference), the photos from the shoot were completely unretouched in a bid to champion authenticity and change of industry norms. Can I get a huge “hell yes” to all of this, please?
Zoë---a daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actor Lisa Bonnet---is also one of few women of colour who’ve been the face of a couture fragrance by becoming the face of Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, hoping to, in her words, “open the eyes of these major fashion houses to expand their idea of beauty and how they represent beauty.”
Besides being a gorgeous model, Kravitz also dived into the world of music with her band Lolawolf as well as acted in quite a few indie and Hollywood movies although things didn’t truly catch fire for her until Mad Max: Fury Road, which grossed hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, and continued with Big Little Lies, a seven-part series winning 8 Emmys, where she starred with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, uncovering a series of uncomfortable truths about their all too perfect community. The show Big Little Lies was also huge in terms of women standing up for themselves as well as each other, right about the time that the MeToo movement started gaining real momentum. Kravitz will also be starring in the much-awaited Harry Potter spinoff sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
But I don’t just crush on Zoë for her looks or her acting skills. It also has to go with her standing up for what she believes is right and always, always believing in being a good person. She has become increasingly political since Trump’s win, participating in the Women’s March in Los Angeles the day after the inauguration, rallying for gun safety and campaigning to keep immigrant families together.
Although she is ridiculously beautiful, she's »not here to look pretty for you.« In an interview for Brydie, she said:
»You know when a guy on the street tells you to smile? So lately, I’ve been doing one of two things. I’ve either been looking them in the face and saying, ‘Don’t fucking tell me to smile,’ or I’m like, ‘My grandmother just died.’ I watch them react, and they don’t even know what to say. The whole point is to remind them I’m a human being. I’m not here to look pretty for you.”
Now that’s my kind of woman!