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By Colleen Kratofil
Updated February 04, 2016 01:00 PM
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As the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoë Kravitz was bound to become a multi-hyphenate actress-model herself. She recently landed a Calvin Klein ad campaign, walked the runway for Alexander Wang and now graces
Teen Vogue
‘s March issue cover. In the accompanying article, she was interviewed by designer (and her good friend) Alexander Wang where she got candid about her rise to stardom and how having famous parents actually wasn’t as helpful as you may think.

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Wang complimented Kravitz on her “true sense of style” saying he relates to her on the way she treats “all clothes with the same value, even if it’s a treasured vintage T-shirt.”

Kravitz points out that she can tell when a person is driven by labels. “If something is couture they think it’s important and wear it and sometimes make a terrible fashion mistake. People are shocked that I know so little about designers. I know the big ones because my grandmother wore them or they’ve been around forever. I know you because you’re my best friend, but I don’t know much about the fashion world except for when I like something, I like it.”

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Kravitz credits Wang for helping her overcome her “awkward phase” (if you could really believe the model had one!). “You’ve helped me grow up in a lot of ways — especially in the fashion world,” she tells Wang. “When I met you, I wasn’t working that much. As I got older, my career was picking up, and I had to figure out how to present myself. I was a weird person and was wearing my DIY shoes. You appreciated my uniqueness when I don’t think a lot of people did, but you loved me enough to gently nudge me. I needed someone to say, ‘You’re a woman now. Dress like a woman.’ I don’t like tight clothes and wasn’t comfortable in my body. I was in this awkward phase, and you really helped and pushed me when I needed it.”

Wang jokes, that if he can get her in a pair of heels, he’s “halfway there.”

“You’re like, ‘Take off your Adidas sports sandals. Please, God. Brush your hair.’ People know that we’re friends, and that I wear your clothes all the time, but above and beyond that, you have honestly guided me through my career,” Kravitz says about the designer.

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Another guiding force throughout her career have been her successful (and stunning) parents, but as much as they advanced her success, they also created some handicaps.

“My parents didn’t become who they are because anything was handed to them, and they didn’t raise a child who expected something to be handed to her, either,” she shares. “My mom would have killed me if I’d assumed any kind of privilege. At first I was really adamant about making sure people knew that I was working hard. Things were definitely handed to me a little bit easier, but people were also judging me twice as hard.”

She says she used to get annoyed when she was compared to her parents’ success, but has since learned how to embrace it. “I used to get either bitchy or uncomfortable. That came from the insecurity of thinking people are talking to me only because of who my parents are. I’m in a better place now where I’m confident in my work. And I want to be able to talk about them with love. They’re cool people — I get it.”

You can read the full interview in Teen Vogue‘s March issue. In the meantime, tell us: what do you think of Kravitz’s cover? Sound off below!

— Colleen Kratofil