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Zoe Kravitz: 'Unfair beauty standards lead to low self-esteem among women'

The actress salutes Vogue editor Anna Wintour for making sure the annual Met Gala is all-inclusive.

Actress Zoe Kravitz has called on leaders in fashion and entertainment to relieve the pressure on women by promoting diverse standards of beauty.

The Mad Max: Fury Road star is convinced low self-esteem is a problem for many ladies, because they are bombarded with countless images of 'perfect' supermodels in magazines, movies, on television and online.

"There's so much pressure put on women to look a certain way, with the ideas of beauty and femininity and what that means," Zoe tells Elle U.K. "There's this idea of what beauty is and how your body is meant to look and if you don't fill that gap, but you're still confident and do your thing, then you become pegged for becoming the unconventionally 'not hot' person who is brave. We need to stop analysing everyone so much and let people be confident."

Kravitz, 28, is convinced media focus on a certain type of beauty perpetuates a sense of isolation for women who do not fit the idealised stereotype.

"When women only see one style or one kind of body over and over again (in the media), that tells you that that's the only thing out there and you're different," she explains, noting special features on 'unconventional' beauty types tend to do more damage than good: "It can't always be (a case of) 'We're patting ourselves on the back because we're showing women who aren't a size two, isn't that amazing?' It can't just be one article or an issue in a magazine (showcasing regular women) - that doesn't feel fair to me."

But the star acknowledges great strides are being taken when it comes to diversity - Zoe has praised American Vogue editor Anna Wintour for celebrating inclusivity through her annual Met Gala fundraising ball, which has been dubbed 'the fashion Oscars'.

"There were all different kinds of colours and genders and different kinds of people that were there," she gushes of the 2017 event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 1 May (17). "I love that the Met Gala has shifted into this place where people are able to express themselves."

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