Gabrielle Union Is a Supportive Stepmom While Helping Zaya Prepare for Michelle Obama Interview

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Mar 09, 2021
11:15 A.M.

Behind Zaya Wade's looks during her inspiring interview with Michelle Obama was no other than Gabrielle Union. See the actress's heartwarming post for her stepdaughter.


Gabrielle Union has mesmerized the world with her acting skills. Apart from that, she's also an inspiring woman, a fashion-savvy mom, and an LGBTQ ally to Zaya.

The 48-year-old actress recently shared on Instagram some behind-the-scenes photos of Zaya before her actual interview with former first lady Michelle Obama.

Dwyane Wade during the Booking.com's  "Book the U.S." kick-off event on March 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida. | Photo: Getty Images

Dwyane Wade during the Booking.com's "Book the U.S." kick-off event on March 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida. | Photo: Getty Images



Union, who has been married to retired NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2014, busied herself in perfecting Zaya's looks. She styled her red braids down to her stylish ensemble.

She also helped transform a part of their living room into a little studio for Zaya, adding a ring light and an iPad. The "L.A.'s Finest" star wrote in the post:

"Our ? is everlasting. Our support is unwavering. Our fight is ferocious."


She noted in her post that their village would be here for Zaya to protect, encourage, and uplift. Union expressed that she is proud of her step-daughter's successful interview.

Besides Zaya, Union also thanked Obama for giving her stepdaughter an amazing opportunity of meeting her idol. She added "I Am Becoming" as her hashtag.

Zaya, who turned 13 last year, earlier shared a virtual Q& A with Obama, discussing the impact of the former first lady's book on the youth. Zaya was starstruck meeting her.



Although Zaya isn't her biological daughter, Union has treated her as her own. She opened up about how Zaya felt when she was outed in one of their social media photos.

One of the photos became a topic on certain Black blogs questioning Zaya's identity. After that, Union realized that her daughter's peace was "non-negotiable."

Zaya came out as transgender at 12.



Union has been grateful that Zaya could express herself at a young age as they also learn about her. Wade had voiced support for his daughter's identity as well.

Aside from being transgender, Zaya also revealed she is demisexual. While the couple has yet to grasp the idea entirely, they are open to embracing what they don't know.

Zaya came out as transgender at 12. In March 2020, she had her red carpet debut with her parents at the Truth Awards with the Black LGBTQ+ community.

Union described the event as an epic evening filled with a real sense of community. They were moved to tears as the community attending that night reminded Zaya of their love and support.

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