American actress Gabrielle Union is a mom on a mission. The 47-year old yummy mummy is focused on teaching her 20-month-old daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, and 13-year-old stepdaughter Zaya the importance of loving their hair and embracing being black.
Speaking to People, the former American Idol judge remembers how she desperately wanted to fit in as a child because she was the only black girl in her class, and no one looked like her or had the same hair texture as her.
“No one had hair like mine. I didn’t want to be ‘other’,” she told the publication.
In 2017, the actress introduced her haircare line, Flawless by Gabrielle Union. Her products helped her find joy in her natural curls. Now, Gabrielle will be relaunching her line on Amazon next month, and the whole idea behind it is to ensure that Kaavia and Zaya never feel the way she did growing up.
“Your hair is a part of you and it's an extension of you, but it has to start with self-love and pride in your blackness and Afrocentric features, whether that be your hair, your nose, your lips or your body,” she said.
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The former Being Mary Jane star added that she and husband Dwyane Wade are constantly reassuring their children that they are beautiful and should be proud of being black.
“We are constantly reaffirming our kids, especially now, when there are so many external forces that are anti-black. It is always pride and live your best life and live your best black life. And let your curls do what they do,” Gabrielle told People.
She also spoke out about the fans who post mean comments about little Kaavia’s hair.
“I’ll see comments and people are like, ‘Why is her hair never done?’ And I’m like, ‘She is a year-and-a-half’. I don’t want to give her a complex about what is an acceptable style,” the actress said.
And she is determined to let Kaavia and Zaya be the decision-makers when it comes to their hair.
“Some days Kav will hand you her brush and she’ll want a little Afro puff. And some days she just wants to wake up and go.
“And Zaya went from pink hair to blonde. If you want to switch it up every day, great. What you do with your hair is your own personal choice. For me, the focus is on healthy hair, not on what you do with it,” she explained.
Gabrielle is hopeful more people will lean more into celebrating how black people are naturally instead of trying to want them to look a certain way.
She’s hopeful “more folks are going to lean into really celebrating how we are, naturally, because it’s all dope and amazing and beautiful and there’s no one right way or wrong way to exist”.
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Happy Birthday baby!!! I can't believe you are 13!! @zayawade you are such an inspiration and motivation to get my butt up everyday and fight. When I'm weary, frustrated, full of rage, I see your face and your joy and you living your best life and I want that for all of us. I love you sooooo much kid!! Enjoy this day and everyday knowing you are loved, protected, respected, admired and celebrated. ♥?♥?♥?♥?