Gabrielle Union has been in the news aplenty recently, mostly because of her feud with Simon Cowell where she called him out for smoking on the sets of “America’s Got Talent” and also for throwing shade at NBC’s handling of her racial discrimination allegations. Nonetheless, her latest cover shoot for Self Magazine is rather delightful, because it was done at home, and by her 13-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade. Not only are the pictures absolutely gorgeous considering they were done at home, but Zaya Wade may have the perfect photographer’s eye.
Gabrielle labeled the pictures as “Beyond proud of @zayawade shooting her 1st cover. She is a tremendous artist/writer & I’m so happy everyone gets a glimpse of what she can do. Seeing yourself through a child’s eyes is quite illuminating & I’m grateful we got this opportunity from @selfmagazine “. One has to admit, the pictures are absolutely breathtaking, and Kelly Rowland also wrote in, “What an eye @zayawade!!! This is just the start! I need to get my shoot in! SHE NAILED THIS GAB!!! The sweetest is how she captured you! Beautiful!!”
Gabrielle also put in a few quotes taken from the interview, where she addresses the current black lives movement going on, and how it works in the industry. She wrote, ” The safety of assimilation was an illusion. You cannot price your way out of, educate your way out of, move away from racism, anti-Blackness, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia.” To both the caption and the pictures, both Tracee Ellis Ross and Ayesha Curry sent in their love and plenty of encouragement.
Proud momma Gabrielle also wrote, “this idea of teaching our children to constantly be shape-shifting to make themselves more palatable or less scary for people who are committed to oppressing you anyway, no matter what you do, I rejected it. I started to reject that.” So she is certainly raising her transgender daughter right, along with her basketball star of a husband, Dwayne Wade. La La Anthony also commented on her post, “Beautiful pics. Beautiful cover. Wow. Let’s go Zaya. Ur amazing!!! And Gab u crushed it”. Looks like Zaya’s photographic career is on a meteoric rise.
While all the pics were gorgeous, some of the photos that Zaya shot of her mom didn’t appear in the magazine but proud mommy Gab loves them nonetheless. She posted these pictures in a separate post with the caption, ” The ‘hot) pics from @zayawade 1st @selfmagazine shoot that didn’t make the cut but I (love)”. These pics started a little war between La La Anthony and Kelly Rowland as to who was going to be the next one photographed by Zaya. Wisely, Michelle Monaghan just stuck with a “gorgeous”.