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Zoë Kravtiz: My victory against anorexia

Zoë Kravtiz has opened up about her battle with eating disorder anorexia nervosa, admitting she couldn’t see what she was doing to herself.

The 26-year-old actress, most famous for her roles in X-Men: First Class and the Divergent movie franchise, didn’t reveal exactly when she suffered from the eating disorder.

However, she did tell Complex magazine that it was when she was trying to slim down for a movie role.

“It was f**ked up, man,” Zoë she said. “You could see my rib cage. I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary… [Now,] I feel like something has left my body, like some part of me is gone now, something that was making me so insecure. And it feels amazing.”

Zoë is the only child of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. And while she eventually got used to growing up in the spotlight, Zoë admits it was difficult having famous parents when she was a teenager.

“When I was younger, I really wanted to prove to people I was a normal human being, that I was cool, chill,” she said. “I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18… I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”

Now, with numerous television and movie roles under her belt, Zoë has managed to shed the “famous parents” tag and become a star in her own right.

But she says that while she is thrilled to have made a career for herself doing something that she loves, the fame side of her job isn’t an aspect she enjoys.

“It’s not that I hate fame or don’t appreciate the response, it’s just not the fire,” she said. “Fame for me is a result of famous parents and hopefully doing my own thing. I know so many talented people that do the most amazing things but they need to work at a restaurant. I don’t. I can make all the art I want and get paid to do it—it’s f**king crazy. I’m so thankful for it.”

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