Earlier today Zoe Kravitz shared her version of the Rolling Stone cover her mom, Lisa Bonet did back in 1988. She captioned the photo by saying “Life imitates art” and I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to describe it.
In her editorial With Rolling Stone, Zoe explained why she wanted to recreate her mom’s iconic picture for Rolling Stone’s 30th-anniversary celebration of the cover.
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“I’ve always loved that cover so much,” she says. “When I think of Rolling Stone, that’s always the image that pops into my head. It’s a really striking image of her. It’s beautiful.”
Kravitz’s cover also comes with a twist. Bonet told her she actually wanted the photo on her cover to be one from inside the issue — the same pose, only without the shirt. “I think she was a little bummed when they used the shirt picture as the cover,” Kravitz says. “I think she just thought, ‘I’m doing it, let’s do it!’” So Kravitz decided she wanted to do the cover her mom wanted but didn’t get. “It’s less about the picture,” she says, “and more about doing the thing my mom intended to do. That feels cool.”
Zoe also paid homage to her father in the November issue and said that these days she feels more comfortable about referencing her parents.
“I’ve kind of stayed away on purpose from referencing my parents because I’ve been just trying to create my own identity,” she says. “But I feel like it’s a good time. I feel comfortable in my own skin. And it’s nice to do that homage to them. Because I love them! They’re my parents!”
Inside the 1988 Hot Issue, Bonet was asked to define what hot meant to her. So we asked Kravitz the do the same. “To me ‘hot’ means someone who’s vibrant and confident and comfortable with who they are,” she says. “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.”
We read her her mom’s answer: “People think you’re hot if you’re on TV,” Bonet said. “To me, hot means uncompromising. It means nonconforming, not afraid, just be what you are and what you feel.”
“Wow, that’s so cool!” says Kravitz. “We’re the same! I’ve genuinely never seen her answer to that. She instilled that in me I guess.” She smiles. “That’s so cool.”