Zoë Kravitz’s new Rolling Stone cover is not only stunning but also has a heartwarming backstory. The 29-year-old actress recreated a shoot that her mom, actress Lisa Bonet, did for the magazine 30 years ago while two months pregnant with Kravitz.
“Technically,” Kravitz told Rolling Stone, “this is my second cover.”
It wasn’t exactly the same, however. Bonet took two photos in the same pose, one with a shirt on and one without. She wanted the topless photo to be featured on the cover, but it ended up tucked inside the issue, according to Kravitz. But the cover for the magazine’s November 2018 issue has been done the way Bonet had originally intended hers to be.
Kravitz posted the identical photos on Instagram with the caption, “Life imitates art.”
Bonet was 21 when her photos were shot, and Kravitz will turn 30 in December. Despite that difference, the similarity between Kravitz and Bonet is striking. “Your mother’s child all the way,” one Instagram commenter wrote.
“So much like your mother,” another said.
In 1988, Bonet told Rolling Stone that “people think you’re hot if you’re on TV.” But to her, being hot meant being “nonconforming, not afraid, just be what you are and what you feel.”
Lisa Bonet, 1988, aged 21, photographed by Matthew Rolston
Her daughter Zoe Kravitz, 2018, aged 30, photographed by Zoe Grossman pic.twitter.com/0aHaGM75d5
— Clayton Cubitt (@claytoncubitt) October 29, 2018
In keeping with Rolling Stone’s “Hot Issue” tradition, Kravitz was asked to define the word.
“To me ‘hot’ means someone who’s vibrant and confident and comfortable with who they are,” Kravitz said. “Young Mick Jagger. Aretha Franklin. When somebody allows themselves to be who they are unapologetically — and they’re a good person — that’s really hot.”
When Rolling Stone read Kravitz her mother’s answer, she was blown away by how alike they were.
“We’re the same!” she exclaimed. “I’ve genuinely never seen her answer to that. She instilled that in me, I guess. That’s so cool.”
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