23 Nov Gabrielle Union Gets Pretty Candid In Harper’s Bazaar
Straight sleek weave running down her back, Gabrielle Union is styled by Chrissy Rutherford & Carrie Goldberg in mostly white ensembles with the exception of the Galvan “Moonlight” cross-back dress – glitzy gown really , Union could almost fully address Union as th lady in white . Photographed by James Ryang, Gabrielle’s brown skin is ever so radiant.
It was obvious that Gabrielle Union aka Mrs Wade didn’t come to chit chat about glamour, in her sit down with Harper’s bazaar’s Rebecca Carroll, she speaks frankly on race, rape , her new movie ‘Birth Of A Nation’ and more .
Younger Gabrielle did not love her skin, thinking beauty was judged by white ideals :
“When we were their age,” says Union, “we weren’t anybody’s standard of beauty. When I was your age, I didn’t love my skin color, I didn’t love my lips. I didn’t love my nose, I didn’t love my hair. I didn’t love anything. I didn’t love my body. Because no one was choosing me—my self-esteem was determined by somebody choosing me. I used to curl my lips,” she says, pressing her lips together to demonstrate. “And I see pictures and I look insane, but it was me trying to minimize my blackness.” Her young Gabby girl self giggles at the absurdity of it in retrospect. “It all boiled down to: I need some fool to choose me and then I can be okay with being brown.”
Union is speaking up on racism and how we are all still very much affected :
“”Nothing has changed,” she says, referring to the treatment of black people in America, and the ways in which we are perceived and vilified and punished for merely wanting to be valued as human beings. “The venom has not lessened.” Just being black has long been cause enough for vilification. Add being a woman to the mix—particularly in light of the election results, which has given us a president who ran an openly racist and misogynistic campaign—and it’s a straight garbage fire. “I think what I was left with,” says Union, “aside from it not changing how [white] people feel about blackness, is also how we look at sexual assault.”
Hence ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ being thrown out :
“I look at Aja,” says Union, referring to Aja Naomi King, who plays Nat Turner’s wife, Cherry. “She so deserves people to see her performance. She’s such a feminist. She’s this young dynamo. This could have been her big break. This big job that gives her the accolades and attention that she deserves. It’s like we all got thrown out. It’s like the baby and the bathwater all went down the drain.”
Addressing sexual assault :
“I was going to then go on a press tour and be able to say all the things that I’ve wanted to say, that I’ve been saying for the past 25 years—whether that be testifying before Congress or state legislatures—to the biggest audience I was ever going to get to listen to me talk about sexual assault, and the history of sexual assault being used as a weapon of mass destruction against black female bodies.” In this particular instance, Union’s position runs adamantly counter to the notion of separating the art from the artist. “I need you to connect me to rape, because that’s my reality.”
Hair by Takisha Sturdivant-Drew / Makeup by Mario Dedivanovic
Read full interview HERE