Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.
Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and in a new interview with Shape magazine, Gabrielle said she’s been working hard to set a good example to Zaya.
“I love that in our household there are so many different ways of expressing ourselves,” the 47-year-old explained. “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.”
And Gabrielle is also learning from Zaya, and recalled an incident in which she tried to teach her stepdaughter how to shave her armpits.
“Zaya was like, ‘But Amandla Stenberg doesn’t shave her armpits. And I was like, ‘No, she does not!’” she laughed, referencing the non-binary American actress, and said she was forced to examine her own beliefs about gender.
“You are a woman because you are. Because that is your identity,” Gabrielle added.
Zaya was behind the lens of her Samsung smartphone as she photographed her stepmother for the Shape cover shoot, and the L.A.’s Finest star was curious to see how the teenager saw her.
“I’m just interested to see myself through Zaya’s eyes,” she explained. “I think that’s really actually… really interesting. Because I trust her. And she has a story to tell.”
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