Former NBA star Dwyane Wade is a proud dad. He recently took to Instagram to celebrate his daughter Zaya’s latest achievement as a budding model following her recent feature on the cover of DAZED’s Spring 2023 issue.

Dwyane Wade’s Instagram

“First signed copy!” Dwyane wrote in his Instagram Story, according to People.

He shared a photo of the cover, which his daughter signed, “To Dad: I love you.” The 41-year-old shared a video of Zaya’s boardroom meeting before the magazine’s release.

“First board room meeting for this 15-year-old!” he wrote.

Dwyane Wade's Instagram

This is Zaya Wade’s first magazine cover. She was photographed by Renell Medrano in a spread that included SS23 Miu Miu clothing and leather boots, as well as jewelry from the vintage store RELLIK. Zaya shared behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot, which includes close-up snapshots of the fashion closet and photos with her father.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Zaya Wade (@zayawade)

“Zaya Wade is a shining example of owning the power of living one’s own truth,” DAZED editor-in-chief IB Kamara wrote on Instagram. “Since coming out as trans at the age of 12, she’s taken on the mantle of activist, fashion-world darling – and now, for the first time, cover star.”

Earlier this year, Zaya was granted an official name change and assignment of gender by a Los Angeles county judge, Blavity reported. This change legally allows her to have documents reflecting her gender identity.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Zaya Wade (@zayawade)

“So many big changes have happened over the last couple of years with me, but also just in general,” she told DAZED. “I think it’s not my job, but it’s my honour to continue and further my family’s education and appreciation for the entire LBGTQ+ community as we grow together. As our understanding of acceptance has broadened over the past couple of years, we have made the strides to keep ourselves educated and combat the ignorance.”