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Gabrielle Union speaks to stepsons about dark skin women

ADVOCATE: Gabrielle Union

COLOURISM CONTINUES to be a prevalent issue in the black community - and one woman working to combat that is Gabrielle Union.

The Being Mary Jane actress has championed black beauty and excellence across the board and continues to do so with husband Dwayne Wade's sons.

In a new interview with Refinery29, Union reveals that she taught her stepsons about valuing dark-skinned, black women.

In a recent panel discussion at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Union recalled a conversation she had with the three boys about girls they were interested in. After asking them to show her the girls’ Instagram accounts, she realised they all had something in common.

“Literally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs — it was the same girl over and over again,” the Breaking In star said.

“So I asked them to show me the most beautiful chocolate sister they’ve seen. They say there are none. I was like, ‘Why do they get exed out so fast? What is happening in your brain that is causing you to look at these women through a prism that is distorting their actual selves?'”

Shocked by their pool of crushes, Union took it upon herself to open their eyes to other brown skin women. “They don’t see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen,” she explained. “They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it.”

Union also reiterated the importance of having conversations with children in order to break down the standards created by the beauty industry, as she has also dealt with those issues as a beauty entrepreneur and actress.

The star boldly stated that brands can keep their watered-down attempts at diversity; she prefers to see real inclusion.

"To me, diversity is the seat at a table that is super tiny. Inclusion is letting you on the block and at the house — much less at the table." Union's dream for the future of the beauty industry?

"Looking around where the welcome mat has been rolled out, and it’s a wide-ass welcome mat big enough for tables and chairs for everybody. Where every community is widely celebrated, and you’re actually f***ng listening to people when they’re speaking and [letting them] tell their own stories."

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