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“Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong”Zoë Kravitz

Hollywood starlet Zoë Kravitz is Allure magazine’s June cover star. In the her candid interview, the 28-year-old biracial star shares her thoughts on current the racial, political and social climate. Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet also opens up about identifying herself as “mixed” and how her biracial identity helped shaped her views on race and self-love. Check out some of the highlights below!

On Accepting Herself:
“I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself. And now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black.”

On Identifying Herself as “Mixed:”
“I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history.”

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On Racism and White Supremacy:
In light of recent political events, she says, “Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong.” And identity is not something to be mocked or taken lightly. It’s better in her words: “I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history. It’s been a really interesting journey because I was always one of the only black kids in any of my schools. I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black. The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird. I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself. And now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black. It’s still ongoing, but a big shift has occurred. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”

To read the entire cover story please visit allure.com.

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