Gabrielle Union opens up about teaching her daughter, Kaavia James, the importance of self-love

actress Gabrielle Union has made headlines for the values ​​of self-love she instilled in her daughter Kaavia James Union Wade when it comes to the beauty behind the toddler’s birthmarks.

On July 11, Union took it a step further and shared a video of the duo talking about their curly hair. In the Instagram post, the actress starts the conversation by asking Kaavia James how she would describe her coils.

Gabrielle Union reveals why she’s teaching daughter Kaavia James Union Wade the importance of self-love. Photo: @gabunion/Instagram

Union said: “Tell me about your hair?” The 3-year-old replied: “My hair is swollen.” When the ‘Being Mary Jane’ star asked how the tot would characterize mom’s hair, Kaavia James called it ‘swollen’ .

The video continued as Union encouraged Kaavia James to express appreciation for her natural hair by asking if she liked her hair or thought it was beautiful. The child answered “yes” to both questions. The clip ended with Kaavia James telling her mother what her hair can do.

She said, “Want to see how my hair’s doing?” While making an upward gesture, the toddler added, “My hair can go insane.” Union jumped in by telling Kaavia James that her hair “is grow towards the sun”.

The 49-year-old said, “Your hair is growing towards the sun.” In addition to the upload, Union revealed in the caption that she continues to urge her daughter to love herself because black girls are forced to grow up due to distorted beauty standards.

She wrote: “Teaching @kaaviajames to love every part of yourself is a full time job with no days off but I approach it as an act of love. From the time black girls are born, people check our ears and nail beds to see how dark we might be, or the incessant comments about what “grades” of hair our children might have. All of our parts are up for discussion and often contempt.”

Union added that she wants Kaavia James to feel “beautiful and powerful” wherever she goes, without belittling or taking away from other people’s love.

She said: “I want Kaav to feel beautiful and empowered in EVERY room that she enters, no matter who is standing next to her. Her beauty, her strength, her love is hers. I want her to be free of Eurocentric ideals of beauty and embrace all our fame. She will know that loving yourself in no way diminishes the love others have for themselves. Being unique and amazing are not traits reserved for a select few, they are our birthright and we claim it.”

When fans saw the post, many mentioned how much they loved Union’s message.

“It will take her with her for the rest of her life. I love it!”

“Educating them about our beauty is nice.”

“I love that!!!!”


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