On April 12, 2022, Gabrielle Union announced that she’d released Proudly, a new skincare line for melanated babies.

The actress, wife, and mother told Essence that she’d been inspired by her own child — daughter Kaavia, whom she shares with her NBA superstar husband Dwyane Wade — when creating the line.

“There has to be a correlation here between melanated skin and some of our issues that impact communities of color just way different than the community that’s normally centered in these discussions when these kinds of products are being developed,” she said to the outlet. “Once we looked into the market we realized that hey, it’s a void and it’s a big void and it needs to be filled.”

And this latest venture by Gabrielle Union is yet another reason why she’s earned a large and loyal fanbase. The ride hasn’t always been easy, and there’s no doubt that she also has her fair share of detractors.

But through it all, though, she’s not only survived — but thrived. And that, perhaps, makes her more relatable to us than most other celebrities. After all, few — if any — truly lead the glamorous life. And it helps makes things easier to know that celebrities are just like us.

Here, then, is a list of five things we love about Gabrielle Union.

Her Diverse Portfolio of Investments

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Our sister site, AfroTech, has a rundown of all of Gabrielle Union’s various business ventures. From investments in organic food companies (Bitsy’s) to her real estate ventures, the actress has amassed an impressive net worth of $40 million as of 2021.

Her Power Couple Status with Dwyane Wade

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Behind every great man lies an even greater woman, and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are living proof of that. Together, the pair have an astonishing net worth of $170 million, making them one of the most powerful couples in the NBA — and earning them true power couple status.

Her Acting Career

Gabrielle Union has been entertaining us in her acting career for years, but none of us will ever forget where we were when we first saw her in Bring It On. Because — let’s be real — she was it for so many of us.

Her Honesty

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Gabrielle Union released not one, but two soul-baring memoirs: We’re Going To Need More Wine and You Got Anything Stronger? In both memoirs, Union detailed how everything that glitters in her life isn’t gold — and her ability to admit that she’s perfectly imperfect made us love her even more.

Above All Else, We Stan Gabrielle Union As A Mama

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Wife, actress and mogul are just a few words to describe Gabrielle Union — but the title she seems to like best of all is “mama.” In addition to her own child with Dwyane Wade, she’s the proud step-mama to his children from his previous relationship — and she loves them as her own. That’s true queen status right there!