Gabrielle Union on what her daughter Zaya has taught her about womanhood

Zaya Wade and her mother, Gabrielle Union
Zaya Wade and her mother, Gabrielle Union
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In the past year, Gabrielle Union and husband Dwayne Wade have been extremely open about their lives as parents to their four children.

Earlier this year, they stood up for Dwayne’s daughter, Zaya who came out as transgender, after some people had a lot to say about her and them as parents.

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Dwayne first told the story of Zaya coming out in an interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show where Zaya, who was born as Zion, told them that her pronouns are now she and her. On the same day of the interview, Gabrielle shared a heart-warming video, introducing Zaya to the world.


In a recent interview with ‘Self’, Gabrielle spoke about everything from her relationships, blossoming career and her parenting. Gabrielle has one child with Dwayne, their daughter Kaavia and Dwayne has three children outside of their marriage. The actress has embraced every child and doesn’t shy away from calling them her own.

During the interview, Gabrielle mentions how one of the positive things that have come out of her being in quarantine with her family is that there’s no one right way of being a woman.

“I love that in our household there are so many different ways of expressing ourselves and watching Zaya clock all of it. Right? That there’s no one way to be a woman. There’s no one way to be a Black woman. There’s no one way to be beautiful. There’s no one way to dress or to love your body”, Gabrielle said.

Gabrielle learned all of this while having a conversation with Zaya about shaving. This was something that her mother had taught her how to do when she was Zaya’s age. However, the 13-year-old was quick to point out that not all women shave which sent her back to the drawing board to do some introspection on her beliefs in gender and expression.

Gabrielle was the cover star for the magazine and all of the images were shot by Zaya herself due to the quarantine regulations.

See all the images shot by Zaya for SELF below: