Actress, singer, model, and daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoë Kravitz, sat down with Vogue to talk about her personal style
From sitting front row alongside Kate Moss and Charlotte Gainsbourg at last week’s Saint Laurent show to her unique style of baggy yet fashion forward clothes and rocking her platinum blonde hair, Zoë has always been beautiful in her own way.
While in Paris for Fashion week, Vogue caught up with the actress to talk hair, makeup, and embracing her body.
Take a look at their full interview below, courtesy of Vogue.
You landed in Paris the day of the Saint Laurent show. How did you manage to go from overseas-flight mode to the front row? I tried to sleep as much as I could, and I didn’t drink on the plane. As much as it’s nice to have a cocktail to chill out, it makes me feel puffy, so I just drink a lot of water. And I did steam when I got home [in Paris]. That’s it. I really think flushing things out is so important.
Your eye-makeup look for the Saint Laurent show was so architectural. Was that the makeup artist’s idea, or did you have a reference? I had a reference. I have this little Pinterest page of inspiration for all kinds of things—fashion and makeup and hair. It’s great to have that in your back pocket so that when something comes up, you can just go through it. That was one I had been wanting to try for a while, and I thought it worked with the outfit. YSL Beauty has a great liner for that.
Did going blonde change how you approach makeup—more smoky eye, less red lip? Yeah, it does change the game a little bit, but I think I like the red lip even more now with the blonde hair. It has kind of a bombshell-y thing to it. A dark, more dramatic brow is something I’m more into now; it used to be a little overpowering with the dark hair. And with the [platinum], it’s a little bit less-is-more because it’s such an intense look. You only need one dramatic thing, whether it is the red lip or the eye, because the hair is dramatic already, you know?
Speaking of a look, your boyfriend has been catching attention for his pink hair. Do you both go to Daniel Moon? Like couple’s coloring instead of couple’s massage? No, I want Danny to do his hair at some point, but because Danny lives in L.A., he suggested Aura Friedman. She did a great job with his color. Everyone thinks it was my idea, but he wanted to dye his hair. He had just finished a job and just wanted to do something different. I wasn’t being dictator girlfriend. [*laughs*]
With two bleached heads, hair care is important. What’s your maintenance strategy? I’ve been using Olaplex, which has been really helpful for me. And then coconut oil; Bumble and Bumble also has some good leave-in conditioners. His hair is short, so it’s okay; my hair breaks really easily, and I think I leave a trail of blonde hair everywhere I go right now.
I read that you work with Nikki Nelms. Is she a style whisperer for you, hair-wise? Yeah, Nikki’s been doing my hair for a really long time, maybe six years. We met at a photo shoot. She’s not always the one who necessarily braids my hair; I have people who braid my hair all over, depending on where I am. But in terms of figuring out what to do next, she’s been huge with that. She’s has a great, great eye, and she’s incredibly talented. We just connect in terms of a certain aesthetic. When I first got the blonde hair, it felt really thick and intense, and she helped me cut it down and make it a little bit airier and elf-like. For [the] Vanity Fair [Oscars party], we were like, let’s do something different, and she did this throwback Old Hollywood style, which was hard to do with the braids. She nailed it.
You’re just as expressive in clothing. How do you describe the aspects of your personality that you tap into? It’s an ongoing shift between the balance of masculine and feminine, and also modern and retro. I think we all have different parts of our personalities. Sometimes I feel really girly and want to access that, and then sometimes I feel like a boy and that makes me feel sexier. It’s just about listening to that part of yourself that’s like, okay, this is how I feel today. I think the idea of sexy is usually about what makes you feel comfortable. My stylist, Andrew Mukamal, and [designer] Alex [Wang] encouraged me to embrace my body a little bit more. My instinct was to wear loose things and not have to think about what my body looked like. They encouraged me to channel that sexier part of myself, which was a challenge for me, but it feels really good to celebrate what you look like. It’s been a journey getting to a place where I feel comfortable wearing like a tight dress, but it’s nice to have that option now.
You and your mother have some pretty remarkable genes—the kind that seem to bypass the aging process. I also get the sense that you’re into wellness. Yeah, I try and eat well. I’m not a vegetarian—I’ll eat a cheeseburger—but I do think it’s important to reset your body, especially after all the traveling and the drinking. Everything in moderation, that’s all it is. Me, my mom, and her husband, we try and do a cleanse once a year. We do the Dr. Schulze one; it’s a 30-day cleanse and it’s really intense, but you feel like a million bucks after. You really clean out everything in your body and start again—and then you can destroy your body again. [*laughs*] Wellness is the most important thing. Health is literally all we have, and we take it for granted. I really think beauty starts from within. If you’re not sleeping and you’re not drinking water and you’re not eating right and you’re not exercising—if you’re not taking care of yourself, no amount of makeup or no fabulous outfit is going to make you look good.
Beyond the physical, what does it mean to be a strong woman these days? I always had a great group of women around me; I’ve been really lucky in that way. My mom and her friends and godparents, they all pitched in, in terms of being an inspiration and letting me know what it means to be a woman. For a long time at the beginning of my career, the idea of being a quote-unquote role model was something I didn’t necessarily like because it made me feel like I had to be perfect—and I am not! [*laughs*] But the more that I’ve grown up and really thought about what that means, I don’t feel like I need to be perfect. In fact, I think it means I need to let people know that I’m not perfect and that’s okay. I try to just be an example of another person that’s out there trying to figure it out, so that other women figuring it out don’t feel like they’re the only ones. It’s a process for everybody.
So the goal is not about perfection but about finding some sort of truth. Exactly, and I think social media is morphing into a way for people to do that. It’s important to use it to highlight your personality, but in a way that makes people want to highlight their personalities—not be like you, necessarily. I don’t want people to feel like, “Okay, this is the way to look, this is the way to act.” This is me speaking my mind; now you use that to inspire you to speak your mind. I want to hear what you have to say.