Zaya Wade and stepmom Gabrielle Union are one stylish duo! On Thursday evening, the two showed up dressed to the nines at the star-studded GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. Fifteen-year-old Zaya wore a black satin jacket, which she coordinated with matching shorts and a pair of white knee-high sandal heels, and Union, 50, dazzled in a colorful beaded gown. Once inside, Zaya linked up with actor Angelica Ross, and they posed for pictures together.
While Zaya’s dad, Dwyane Wade, wasn’t in attendance at the ceremony, he made sure to support his girls on Instagram, posting photos of his wife and daughter on his Instagram Stories.
Zaya’s latest appearance comes on the heels of her recent interview with Dazed, in which she opened up about the highs and lows she’s faced since coming out as trans at the age of 12. She explained, “I mean, a lot of attention equals a lot more hate, a lot of transphobia, and [there is] a lot of pressure on me, but I’m also able to reach more people. The positives of having such an inclusive platform completely outweigh all of the negativity online, which my support system has enabled me to filter out. It has allowed me to let in the positivity and distribute it to all of the trans people in the world who need a voice and give them a platform to get inspired to live with themselves without being afraid.”
Zaya also praised her family for their unconditional support. “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,” she said, noting that her family are always working to learn more and combat misinformation and hate together. Dwyane and Union are also parents to 4-year-old daughter Kaavia, who joins Dwyane’s two other children, Zaire, 21, and Xavier, 9, from previous relationships. He also has custody of his nephew, Dahveon.