Summer Lovin’: British Vogue Gets Marriage-Minded With Idris and Sabrina Elba and Bride-to-Be Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz (l and r); Idris Elba (l) and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
Zoe Kravitz (l and r); Idris Elba (l) and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
Screenshot: Steven Meisel (British Vogue/Condé Nast), Sean Thomas (British Vogue/Condé Nast)

Are you in the mood for a summer romance? British Vogue clearly is, as editor-in-chief Edward Enninful has produced not one, but two covers with the title for July, featuring newlyweds Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba on a special bridal issue, and Big Little Lies co-star and bride-to-be Zoë Kravitz.


“It all feels like a dream @britishvogue,” Dhowre Elba posted on Instagram. “@idriselba we did it babe! First African couple on #BritishVogue

The Elbas also made Africa the location of their April wedding, choosing to marry in Marrakesh as the symbolic “middle” for their East and West African families to become one.

Enninful, along with his Vogue team, was on hand to chronicle the event in what he called “a thrilling three-day extravaganza.” Interviewing Elba on the morning of his wedding, the once-avowed bachelor revealed how experiencing “love at first sight” with his bride changed his mind.

“We’ve been literally inseparable since we met,” Elba told Enninful. “You know, I’m 47 this year, been married and lived a full life before I even met Sabrina ... It wasn’t something that I wanted to do, get married again. But …”

I guess when you know, you know.

Zoë Kravitz also has love on the brain, as she prepares to marry longtime boyfriend, actor Karl Glusman this month.


“I love that it wasn’t on an app and that it wasn’t on a movie set,” she tells Vogue of meeting her soulmate. Like Elba, at the time, she wasn’t looking for “the one.”

“My friend knew that I wanted to meet someone—not even to get serious, I think just to get laid, to be completely honest with you—and he brought Karl,” she shared. “I instantly felt something—then he turned around and started talking to the blonde girl next to him and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ But he later told me that he was just nervous.”


Yeah, it’s not hard to imagine that meeting the surreally cool child of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz might be a tad intimidating, but as Kravitz tells it, her rock-and-roll pedigree didn’t save her from feeling “super alienated” as a teenager, or the decade-long eating disorder she battled until her early 20s.


“I think it came from a lot of things,” she told Vogue. “My mother was so beautiful and so tiny, I always felt clunky around her, and then my dad was always surrounded by supermodels … I was short, and you feel uncomfortable in your skin anyway at that age.”

Now 30, Kravitz is finally feeling comfortable in her skin, and unhindered by her surname, as her confidence in her own talents has grown; talents that enable her to hold her own in the cast of all-white Hollywood, multiple Oscar-winning heavyweights that comprise Big Little Lies.


“The first 10 years of my career have been about proving myself,” she said. “I now finally feel like I’m in a place where I’m able to say, ‘I deserve this,’ and, “I worked really hard.’ I’m getting better.”

Sounds like love, to me.

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?