Gabrielle Union Wants Everyone to Stop Putting Limits on Black Women's Beauty

I'd be doing you a disservice if I even tried to characterize a woman as high caliber as Gabrielle Union in just a few words. It's impossible when you wear as many hats as flawlessly as she does. The 45-year-old award-winning actress, author, wife, and businesswoman does the damn thing and does it well. I was 8 when my sister and I watched marathons of her starring roles in late-'90s classics like She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You. A year later, my friends and I would recite every one of her iconic lines from Bring It On.

So when I was in the same room with her on the terrace floor of Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City celebrating her new collaboration with Shutterfly, it felt like I'd known her for years. Union's big, textured curls fell perfectly over her sparkly back top, and I couldn't get over how her smoky eye paired perfectly with her toned-down nude lip. The moment I walked up to her, she instantly complimented me on my red lipstick and asked which shade it was. This night, it happened to be Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored. "I have to get it now—it looks gorgeous on you," she said. At that moment, my nerves naturally drifted away, and it felt like I was talking to a close friend. We chatted about skincare, Eurocentric beauty standards, and diversity over glasses of wine—we both chose red, so I knew this was going to be good.

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