“Inform me about your hair,” says Gabrielle Union in a video shared to Instagram on July 11. She’s carrying pajamas, and on the criminal of her arm rests her daughter Kaavia James Union Wade, who replies, “My hair is puffy.” By means of a collection of prompts — like “what’s mommy’s hair?” and “is it lovely?” — the actor will get the 3-year-old to proudly reward her hair as she runs her fingers by it.
This routine, Union says, is without doubt one of the methods she’s instructing her daughter self-love, which is a “full time job with no days off however I strategy it as an act of affection.” Union writes in her caption, “From the time Black ladies are born, of us are checking our ears and nail beds to see how darkish we may be or the incessant commentary about what ‘grade’ of hair our youngsters may need. All our elements are up for dialogue and sometimes instances, scorn.”
Union has all the time emphasised self-love, particularly surrounding hair, in her parenting. In 2020, Union shared a photo of herself and Kaavia, who was only one on the time, “rocking their pure curls.” She added, “Mama’s bought hair like yours.” Confidence can be on the middle of Union’s second kids’s guide, “Shady Child,” impressed by Kaavia. In her newest submit, Union additionally shouted out “Most Perfect You,” a brand new image guide by Jazmyn Simon about self-acceptance.
“I need Kaav to really feel lovely and highly effective in EVERY room she walks into irrespective of who’s standing subsequent to her. Her magnificence, her energy, her love, is HERS. I need her to be freed from Eurocentric magnificence beliefs and embrace all our glory,” Union added. “She’s going to know that loving all of herself by no means diminishes the love that others have for themselves. Being distinctive and wonderful arent qualities reserved for a couple of, they’re our birthright and we declare it.”