Gabrielle Union Talks Baby Kaavia's Free Spirit: 'Shade Is Her Super Power'

Written by on April 29, 2021

Gabrielle Union not too long ago talked about her daughter, Kaavia James, and her humorous “shady” moments, characterizing these instances as her 2-year-old’s “tremendous energy.”

“Shade is her tremendous energy as a result of when Kaavia provides you a glance, it’s both you’re not respecting her boundaries or one thing is occurring that she doesn’t like,” the actor advised Folks in an interview printed Wednesday.

Union and her retired NBA star husband, Dwyane Wade, welcomed Kaavia in November 2018.

The couple has since poked enjoyable on the toddler’s occasional adorably shady facial expressions — and hilarious side-eyes — like when a photograph of Kaavia seated on a sofa wanting pensive and barely unbothered turned a meme final yr.

Or when the baby regarded lower than happy with the end result of her face paint design at her second party:

Impressed by Kaavia’s witty persona, Wade and Union created an Instagram account for the little lady, typically utilizing the hashtag ”#Shadybaby” within the posts’ captions. The couple additionally collaborated to write down a Kaavia-influenced kids’s e book titled “Shady Child” due for launch subsequent month. 

Union defined in Wednesday’s Folks interview that she celebrates Kaavia’s freedom to be her genuine self amid an extended historical past of dangerous methods Black ladies and ladies have been handled in society. 

“The principle takeaway is that she’s free to be this superb, dynamic, shady at instances, loving at instances Black little lady when the world has not been so variety to Black women and girls,” she added. 

Along with Kaavia, Wade is father to Zaya, Zaire and Xavier. Union and Wade additionally mum or dad his nephew Dahveon Morris.

Wade advised Folks that he and Union make some extent to encourage their kids to be their true selves. 

“If we enable our youngsters to be their true selves we don’t have to fret about them conforming with something or anybody,” he mentioned. “Why wouldn’t we push our youngsters to be their genuine selves?”

Final month, Kaavia took a side-eyeing break to take pleasure in a candy play date with 2-year-old Cairo, the daughter of actors Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict. 

After some hugs, Kaavia generously took Cairo for a spin in her toddler-sized electrical automotive:


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