Women Wednesday Wisdom – Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union is a successful actress, author and activist. She began her career in the 90s appearing in TV sitcoms and series before landing supporting roles in hit teen films such as ‘She’s All That’, 10 Things I Hate About You and Bring It On (a film a used to be able to recite most of the lines to!)

Currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, and with a string of successful acting and personal projects under her belt, including the lead role in BET’s hit series ‘Being Mary Jane’, and New York bestselling author of memoir ‘We’re Going To Need More Wine’; Gabrielle Union has placed herself as a modern woman of inspiration.

Aside from that, she has a great sense of style – from her chic and sophisticated fashion looks, to her different hairstyles, and not to mention her flawless and beautiful skin – at 46 years old, she is looking as youthful and radiant as ever!

What first struck me about Gabrielle was her confidence on screen. Her character in Bring It On was sassy, feisty and strong. As the captain of a struggling cheerleading team who were battling to enter championships, and who’s routines were being stolen by their rival school, and also being entered in competitions and winning; she fought to get her team to the top and win the prize they rightfully deserved. What came with this was slick dance moves that every inspiring dancer at the time wanted to learn and perform! It made us all want to be cheerleaders! (Well maybe just me!)

Since then she has continued to grow in the world of influence, and has used her platform in a very positive way.

She has been very open about some of her personal life, talking frankly and openly about of her experiences in her memoir. The topics discussed in this are relatable to many individuals, which allow people to feel a sense of connection with her, and also expresses the importance of using your voice.

Most recently, she surprised the world by announcing the birth of her beautiful child Kavia James, with husband Dwane Wade via surrogacy, which opened up a huge discussion into how this was done. The whole matter being handled very gracefully and with dignity on her part.

She has proven to society that she is a strong woman, someone who has earnt her success, and that we should all be proud of who we are no matter what is thrown at us.

“It’s easy to pretend ‘to be fierce and fearless because living your truth takes real courage. Real fearless and fierce women admit mistakes and they work to correct them. We stand up and we use our voices for things other than self promotion. We don’t stand by and let racism and sexism and homophobia run rapid on our watch. Real fearless and fierce women complement other women and we recognize and embrace that their shine in no way diminishes our light and that it actually makes our light shine brighter.”

Gabrielle Union

I admire Gabrielle’s sense of style as she is not afraid to experiment with outfits. She has an incredible figure, and her clothes also reflect her bold and confident personality. She’s not afraid to experiment with colours, very often wearing bright and big prints, as well as her classy and sophisticated outfits. The black dress I’m wearing in my pictures is inspired by her confident elegant looks.

For me, it’s important that women, especially of colour find the confidence to create the life they want, not allowing society or others to tell them any differently. And this is something that Gabrielle Union has greatly achieved.

S x

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