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When #TravelTuesday And #FitnessGoals Meet: Gabrielle Union Takes On The Great Wall

July 26th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s #TravelTuesday, folks!

I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I enjoy taking part in physical activities more than anything else. That includes learning how to surf, going for a jog in front of some beautiful scenery and hiking with friends. (My personal recommendation includes the Diamond Head Summit Trail in Oahu, Hawaii.) So imagine my excitement when I saw that Gabrielle Union is down for finding time for fitness with a fun twist during vacations.

The actress has been in China with husband Dwyane Wade as he takes part in the Way of Wade Tour. It’s an annual opportunity for the NBA baller to get to meet fans abroad, promote new products that are a part of his Way of Wade line, and put on basketball demos for kids. But not only did she go to support Wade, she also went to launch her own shoe as part of his line — the Zen Pandas. Those shoes, according to the actress, sold out during a launch in Beijing. And as she told Vogue.com about her foray into fashion, “More recently, I’ve become a sneakerhead and love to get creative with styling for my sneakers. I’m excited to debut my new Li-Ning high-tops I designed, the Zen Panda. I’ve discovered you can be sexy and comfortable.”

But back to the fitness focus. In between all of those activities, Union made time to take on the Great Wall of China with friends. She wasn’t playing around:

Focused… The Great Wall Adventure ❤❤❤

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Of course, she didn’t conquer the entire thing. That would take more than a day (reportedly 18 months). Still, she enjoyed the sights and sounds that accompany such a trek, and at the same time, got a damn good workout in on one of the seven wonders of the world. And such fitness feats are what keep the 43-year-old looking so flawless. 

Freedom x Joy = Love #thegreatwallofchina

A photo posted by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on

Here she is with friends, including Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem (who is glistening in the back) afterward.

The Pharaoh @ud40 x @mistadubb x @xoxofaithhaslem x ME = Always Fam

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Love it! What challenges would you love to take on abroad?

Dwyane Wade Reveals How Gabrielle Union Helped Him Overcome His Body Insecurities

June 22nd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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One would think that Dwayne Wade, a 34-year-old three-time NBA champ, would be fearless. But when he was asked to stripped down to his brown skin for ESPN’s Body Issue, intimidation and insecurity sunk in.

“To me, doing the Body Issue is bigger than looking at an athlete’s body,” he shared. “It’s more about the story we are telling of overcoming my fear of doing this. I had a fear of being naked in front of others and a fear of being judged. So to me, overcoming that is the biggest thing. Someone may look at me and think, ‘Why would you have insecurity?’ Well, this is real life and I’m human, and these are the things that I deal with that many others might deal with. ”

Wade went further into detail about how his storied history with insecurity started. When he was young, from his outtie belly button that hindered him from taking off his shirt at the swimming pool and outside during water fights to his athletic feet that were a little rougher than the other kids. But like most, we grow confidence with time. “I eventually was like, “I’ve got to do it, I got to do it,” he said.

Photo Credit: Carlos Serrao for ESPN The Magazine

Photo Credit: Carlos Serrao for ESPN The Magazine

Those certain issues may have clouded Wade’s younger years, but he also makes it known that he didn’t become comfortable with his body overall until about four years ago. “As you go through life, you get more comfortable with yourself. It’s like everything else with life — you change, you grow. People might think it’s simple, but for me it was hard to even feel comfortable walking around naked when it’s just me and my wife. So the thought of doing it at a photo shoot in front of people [laughs] — it was like, “No way ever.”

Interesting enough it was his wife, Gabrielle Union, that also helped him overcome his insecurities and strip down for the Body Issue.

Photo Credit: Carlos Serrao for ESPN The Magazine

“When I got married to my wife … I would never walk around on vacation with my shirt off. I would always have something on, something covered and she was like, ‘What are you doing, you weirdo?'” he said. “It took me a few years, even by myself in the house walking around naked.”

Union boosted her boo’s confidence when the cover was revealed, tweeting, “Why dontcha circle back to the house…meet ya in 10.”

“I get to see a different side of her no one else does and her insecurities, and she gets to know mine as well. We go out and are public figures, so we share that [with the world] but we don’t share it all…. I think that’s one of the things that drove me to be in a relationship with her and even get married…. I felt that she has been helping me be a better person.”

#PeriodWatch: Apparently, People Think Gabrielle Union Is Pregnant

June 10th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Gabrielle Union Is Pregnant

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Newsflash: she isn’t.

Honestly, we’re not completely sure where these rumors even originated, but we do know that MTO played a role in spreading them. From the sounds of things, the 43-year-old may have appeared slightly fuller than usual at a recent event and things spiraled out of control from there.  Whatever the case, it was enough for Gabrielle to address the speculation from her official Twitter account. And as it turns out, pregnancy is not the culprit of her fuller appearance. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: she has her period.

So yeah, you get the point.

Let’s Discuss: Dwyane, Gabby, And Their Apparent Post-Sex Snapchat Session

June 9th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade make their own rules. They don’t really care much about what the public has to say about them, which may explain why the Miami Heat shooting guard recently posted what appears to be a post-sex video on Snapchat.

The video, which depicts Wade and Union lying nude under a blanket begins with Wade recapping their wonderful evening for his Snapchat followers.

“Dinner was great; food was good,” he said while looking into the camera. “Now, it’s time for the best part of the night.”

In another Snap, a sweaty Gabby pops her head into the frame, while smiling from ear to ear.

“Y’all wanna know what goes down in the Wade bedroom?” he asks. “F-ck-ng sleep.”

SnapChat

SnapChat

Yeah, okay Dwyane.

Peep the clip below. Thoughts?

H/t Bossip

Gabrielle Union: We Wanted To Get Married For The Kids

May 2nd, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are approaching their second wedding anniversary, but if you ask the “Being Mary Jane” actress, she may tell you that if it weren’t for their sons, they might still be boyfriend and girlfriend today. In an interview with Ocean Drive, the 43-year-old confessed that the kids were the “driving force” in their decision to marry.

“D and I could have gone on for a long time as boyfriend and girlfriend,” she said, “but the kids were the driving force in wanting us to be a legitimate, like, real—and I’m using my finger quotes—family in their eyes.”

Not to be confused, though. The two were, and still are, very much in love and they appear to be thoroughly enjoying married life.

“If you have good, effective, honest communication, you can handle any issue or problem in a relationship. D is literally my best friend. We really, really enjoy spending time with each other more than anybody else. Well, with D, maybe I’m tied with LeBron! But I’m definitely his favorite female! If you have the chance to marry your best friend, I would highly recommend it.”

When your husband becomes your built-in bestie, it sometimes becomes quite easy to lose sight of your interests and goals; however, Union is pretty hellbent on maintaining her independence—personally and financially.

“He appreciates my independence, and my high credit score, and the fact that if I want a Chanel bag, I’m not asking for his Amex; I’ve got my own,” she quipped.

Union also addressed both her and Wade’s parenting styles. Apparently, they take turns being disciplinarians.

“We literally keep track,” she said. “There’s basically an imaginary chart: ‘I was bad cop last time; now it’s your turn. You have to be the jerk who doles out punishment for missed homework assignments or talking on the phone after curfew.’ With the older boys, they come to me with girl stuff, homework. Or if they’re trying to butter up dad, they definitely come to me to soften me up first. I’m the line of defense, I guess, before dad.”

Check out more from Gabby’s interview here.

On Being A Stepmom And Gabrielle Union

March 8th, 2016 - By Tamika Frye
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Being a stepmom or stepdad isn’t an easy job. It takes a special kind of person to marry someone with kids and take on the responsibility of being a parent. Gabrielle Union seems to be one of those special people. In August 2014, Union said “I do” to Dwyane Wade, his three sons, and nephew. The five of them came together and she added the role of wife and stepmother to her life. She is almost two years in and she’s already giving other step moms advice on how to do the job with precision. After all, she and D have been together since 2009.

Most women feel that taking parenting advice from women without their own birth kids is not the move. To be honest, when women without kids try to give me any parenting advice, I tune them all the way out. Union was at an event in New York City recently and offered up some advice for other women who have stepped into the role as stepmom.
She didn’t give up any ground-breaking parenting rules of thumb, but Union basically made it clear that being fair, reasonable, and consistent across the board is key. She says that Wade’s three sons and nephew are great kids and that Wade is a great father. She’s lucky in that aspect because some people are walking into a mess of a situation and that makes it hard for the family, but especially the kids, to transition from single parent home to two-parent home.
Union uses her own experience with family to help guide her with her role as stepmom. In our own previous conversation with Union, she made it clear that being there for her family is important. Both Union and Wade have demanding jobs that require them to be away from home sometimes.
“It’s a challenge sometimes because both of our jobs are away from home. I make a commitment to fly home every weekend to be with the family.” While that seems like a lot to deal with, she says, “It’s not that bad. You do what you gotta do to make sure your family is supported.”
The “Being Mary Jane” actress is very active in the children’s lives whether she is at home or not. Technology plays a big part in keeping the family in sync. Skype, SnapChat, and email chains with teachers help keep everyone in the loop and Union doesn’t feel like an outsider when it comes to their boys.
Some people aren’t as lucky as Gabs and walk into tougher situations. If a spouse is not mature enough to handle all of the bumps and bruises that may come with becoming a stepparent, things won’t run as smoothly as she indicates. Teamwork is key and there has to be a lot of support from all parties involved.
Even though Wade and Union have been trying to have a child of their own, she seems to be moving in the right direction when it comes to her role as a stepmom.

Here’s A Few Tips On How To Get Rid Of Your Makeup Creasing Under Your Eye

March 6th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Any gal that wears makeup knows that under eye creasing is no joke. Seriously!

Whether it’s powder foundation or liquid concealer, there sometimes feels like there’s no way around falling victim to tiny folds in the skin that make a distinct crease in your makeup application a.k.a “cosmetic creasing.” However, celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles has a few secret tips on how she makes sure her clients like Gabrielle Union aren’t badgered by fine lines and wrinkles.

The constant expressions, she explained to InStyle, cause “makeup to gather in the areas it’s pushed into.” Basically, the foundation of combating the problem is great skin care. “Using the right cream for your skin type hugely impacts the staying power of makeup.”

Whether you’ve got dry or oil skin, it’s super important that whatever formula you use is tailored to your complexion and specific skin needs. “I lean towards cream products and powder minimally. Even though creams tend to move around a bit more, powders really ‘settle’ into fine lines and creases.”

Also, you can steer clear of under eye creasing by simply not overdoing it when it comes to putting apply powder (if you must) or cream in that area. “It just exacerbates the problem!” she said.

In the same vein of less is more, Stiles likes to apply just a hint of foundation on her clients. “The more there is on the face, the more product there is to snuggle into creases and lines. I find that a foundation brush and a damp Beautyblender ($20; sephora.com) gives the most flawless results. If two steps seem like one step too many, then opt for the foundation brush. It really does make a difference in how the product sits on the skin.”

And if you still have problems with creasing, Stiles suggesting trying “a clean concealer brush can work wonders for freshening up the face!” The brush will control the product allowing you to smooth out any ridges. Or keeping a small amount of blotting powders on hand can help, too. “They don’t have a lot of pigment in them and just take away the shine without adding more product to the skin,” she assures.

“Who?” Celebrities Who Don’t Know Each Other Anymore

February 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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There are lots of ways to respond to shade. You can get mad and mumble behind someone’s back, temporarily lose it and take them all the way to school, or try to be the better person and let it go. (And then get mad all over again at 3 a.m. when it’s too late to deliver the perfect comeback you just thought up).

But when you’re famous, a touch of amnesia can be the best way to rise above the drama. These celebrities heard some shady tea about themselves and said they can’t participate in the gossip for one simple reason: because they do not know who their hater is.

Is this a move you can’t wait to try the next time something shady comes right out of left field? Or is this a petty way to deal with peer conflict? As usual, let us know what you think or who you’ve given the “Who?” treatment in the comment section!

Trend Alert: 4 ‘Dos From Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims We’re Digging Right Now

February 13th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to hair, one moment a style is in and the next it’s out. Basically, like all elements of head-to-toe fashion, hair is a never-ending cycle, where reinventing old styles for a trendy, ultra-modern update is a must. 

Recently, Essence snagged highly sought after celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims to talk all things hair. Primping the manes of many leading ladies in the limelight, Sims is true pro at taking a simple style from zero to red carpet-ready real quick.

The stylist also dished on his favorite trends at the moment, highlighting Kerry Washington’s choppy, mid-length bob to Lupita’s ever-changing natural ‘do. “They’re breaking the general sexy hair barriers and I love it,” he said. “I also am all about texture and embracing your hairs natural movement.”

For the remainder of red carpet season, Sims is excited to one-up his past styles. “I’m most excited about seeing how creative these women can be in terms of taking risks and being non-traditional in their hair and style as a whole,” he shared. “They’re pressing the envelope and it makes my job even more exciting by helping them create these spontaneous looks.”

In honor of his expert skill set that we all love, we’ve curated a list of four different hairstyles we’re digging and will surely be trending once springtime hits. Ladies, get ready for some hair-spiration!

Here’s How To Get Gabrielle Union’s NAACP Awards Makeup Look

February 6th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles beats the faces of some of our favorite gals in the industry, including Gabrielle Union.

For this year’s NAACP Awards that took place last night (Feb. 6), Union stunned on the red carpet (per usual) in a black lace Rita Vinieris gown complete with tulle base, a textured updo, tons of icy jewels shining on her earlobes and fingers, and a dewy nude makeup look that gave us absolute life.

Stiles shared what products she executed Union’s look of night, which were all from her upcoming beauty line: “A little snapshot of just a few of the @fionastilesbeauty products I used on her (clockwise from left to right),” she captioned the Instagram photo.

What we love about this look is that Gabrielle isn’t necessarily masked in makeup, rather her natural beauty shines through. Her defined brows and voluminous lashes were the focal point of the look, with a simple flesh-tone nude swatch on her lips to give it an effortless look.

Fab, right?! Stiles’ makeup line will be available on Feb. 18 at Ulta.