Gabrielle Union has proudly showcased her America’s Got Talent looks on Instagram following reports claiming she was criticised for appearing “too black” on the show.
The Bring It On actress served as a judge for the TV talent contest’s latest season, but was axed last month amid reports she raised a number of race and gender-related issues to network bosses at NBC.
In a report published by Variety in late November, multiple sources said Gabrielle was told “over half a dozen times” that her rotating hairstyles were “too black” for the show’s audience, and while she hasn’t addressed that detail explicitly, the 47-year-old celebrated her ever-changing hair throughout the series by posting a video slideshow of her looks on Instagram set to Beyonce’s song Flawless on Thursday.
“Unapologetically me,” she wrote in the caption. “Be comfortable and confident with your whole a*s self. It might give others the fluuuxxx but never stop being you. You can shine on your own terms. And if you got something to say (shrug emoji). I don’t take notes rooted in anti-blackness. I love me as i am (sic).”
Gabrielle’s longtime hairstylist Larry Sims previously posted the video to celebrate her hairstyles, which ranged from high ponytails and sleek bobs to intricate updos, in response to the Variety report.
“G A B R I E L L E Too Black? Nah… She’s FLAWLESS!!! @gabunion,” he wrote in the caption, and in the comments, the star wrote, “I (heart) you.”
Multiple reports suggest she had issues with the way she was asked to dress for the programme, while also complaining about a racially-insensitive joke guest judge Jay Leno made backstage. She also reportedly protested when a white contestant darkened his face to look more like Beyonce for an audition skit. The allegations are currently under investigation.
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