Fri, Jul 13 01:47 PM |Entertainment

Here’s How Gabrielle Union-Wade Helped Teach Her Sons To Appreciate The Beauty Of Dark Skinned Women

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade’s marriage will forever be my favorite. 

Their whole relationship has been nothing but admirable the way they seem so in love. Playing stepmom isn’t easy of course and props to Gabrielle for setting a good example for the boys (stepsons Zaire and Zion, and husband Dwyane Wade’s nephew, Dahveon, who lives with them).

In an interview with Refinery29, Union opened up about how she taught her boys about colorism and proved that there are far more beautiful Black women in the world, other than the typical light skin IG models they see every day.

It all started when she asked the two oldest boys, Zaire and Zion about the “hottest” girls at their high school and had them show her their Instagram pages.

Union remarked it was like repeatedly seeing the same girl. 

"Literally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs — it was the same girl over and over again," she shared. "

The description was of a typical light-skinned, curly hair, tiny-waist girl. This prompted Union to ask them to show her the most beautiful chocolate sister they’ve ever seen.

The boys were quick to say that there wasn’t one. This is what brought to light the need to have a talk about colorism with the boys. 

Colorism is the discrimination of people based on their skin color. It is a form of prejudice in favor of the lighter skinned individual. 

Union said, “I was like, 'Why do they get exed out so fast? What is happening in your brain that is causing you to look at these women through a prism that is distorting their actual selves?'"

To prove a point, Union showed them the Instagram page of Star actress Ryan Destiny, (who many say resembles a younger Gabrielle Union).

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"They're like, 'Oh, she bad!' But do you know how many Ryan Destinies there are? I pull up every Black model, women from all over the world, and they're beautiful. But they don't see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen. They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it."

It’s great to see that she’s fighting for the inclusion of darker skinned girls and women, not just at public events like Essence Fest, but also in the privacy of her own home. She truly embodies the phrase “practice what you preach.” 

Union went on to finish about how she’s glad that although society has not changed in their perspective, women of color have in their love and acceptance for themselves. 

“So many of us have battled all sorts of [ish],” she said. “Now, we’re on the vibe of ‘Love me exactly as I am, or not.’ I’m so happy in my own skin, I’m so happy in my own body, and I’m so happy in my own identity. It’s refreshing.” 

It’s sad that discrimination based on skin color still exists in 2018. Glad Gabrielle is there to help raise them boys right! 

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