Zoë Kravitz has a tattoo on her upper right arm which “Mississippi” on one line with a bunch of keyboard symbols “*@!!?*@!” on the next. It represents the song “Mississippi Goddamn” by Nina Simone with the symbols used to censor the expletive word. Zoe is a big fan of Nina’s music and likes to fall asleep to her albums. She told Harper’s Bazaar:
“Even if I don’t go out, I have a hard time falling asleep, so I go to bed around 1 A.M. I listen to a lot of jazz when I’m getting ready for bed: Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.”
The song “Mississippi Goddamn” was released in 1964 at the height of the African-American civil rights movement and speaks about the struggles that black people faced while fighting for equality and how she is sick of waiting for slow change. Although much progress has been made, unfortunately racism is still present today and as a biracial woman Zoë Kravitz has experienced it first-hand. She has spoken openly about her struggles learning to accept her own racial identity and the typecasting that she experiences in Hollywood. She told Allure:
“Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong. I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history. It’s been a really interesting journey because I was always one of the only black kids in any of my schools. I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black. The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird. I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself. And now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black. It’s still ongoing, but a big shift has occurred. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”
She hopes she can provide more representation for mixed-race women through her work in the public eye — acting, modeling, and singing — since she herself did not see many mixed-race women in those roles when she was growing up.
Juliet Simms got this tiny equal sign tattoo on the back of her wrist during the 2011 Warped Tour to show her support for equal rights.
Bea Miller has a tiny tattoo of an equal sign on her left wrist in support of gay marriage and equal rights for all people. She had the tattoo done on July 25th, 2015 — the same day that the US Supreme Court invalidated local bans on gay marriage therefore making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. “Thought it was the perfect day to get this tattoo #LoveWins” she tweeted.
Her parents are two lesbian women and Bea has always been a staunch supporter of LGBT+ rights. “I have two moms, gay uncles, lesbian aunts and many LGBT friends. I will always happily support all of them ❤️,” she tweeted.
She was only 16 when she got the tattoo and has advised her fans to wait until they are 18 to get tattoos so that they can get inked by the best quality artists. Two years after getting the tattoo, she posted new pictures showing how thick the lines had become and wrote “Like forreal that glo up is ridiculous. Don’t get tattoos when ur 16 kids…it’s hard to find someone good who will tattoo you underage.”
Ruby Rose’s knuckle tattoos say “Just Love” as a statement in favor of gay rights and the equal treatment of all loving relationships. She is a lesbian and also identifies as genderfluid. She showed off the new tattoos in August 2012 and tweeted “Just love… No room for hate.”
Miley Cyrus got an equal sign tattooed on her ring finger to show her support for marriage equality. “All LOVE is equal,” she wrote when sharing the tattoo on Twitter. Miley has been an outspoken advocate for legal gay marriage and did a photoshoot for the NOH8 Campaign.