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16 Reason's Why We Love Gabrielle Union

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First and foremost, Happy Birthday Gabrielle Union!

Since our first glimpse of her as Keesha in 7th Heaven she's evolved into a household name. She's poised, talented, and definitely sipped from the fountain of youth that we've been searching for. This industry  vet has much to celebrate. Jump the page to see the 16 reasons why we love Gab U!

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She Turned Tragedy to Triumph

At the age of 19, the actress was raped at her part-time shoe job. Not becoming a victim in this major life changing event, the actress is now an advocate for assault survivors.

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Fountain of Youth

It's no secret that Ms. Union sipped from the fountain of youth. She just turned 41 and barely looks a day over 20. *FYI...in high school role movies; Bring it On and Love and Basketball was 28 years old. 

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She's Athletic

The actress is no girly girl. Unlike her Love and Basketball character, she was an all-star point guard, soccer player, and track runner. Even know she has no problem sweaty a little to keep in shape with her beau Dwayne Wade.

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We love these two! After 6 years together they easily keep their romance fun and young. Although we are subjected to Instagram and red carpet stalking, it's evident that their love is real and pure. We just wish these two would catch the marriage and baby fever like their fellow celebrity friends.

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She Has Vixen Love

We love that every time we shout her out in anything she replies, a sincere gesture that's never overlooked on our end!

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She Admitted Her Flaws

Earlier this year, the actress was awarded the fierce and fearless award during the Essence's Black Woman in Hollywood luncheon. Gab's acceptance speech drove many to tears as she revealed her past insecurities and finished with the need for unity among black actresses. "I was a victim masquerading as a survivor—I used to revel in gossip and rumors, and lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt whose shine diminished my own." Our level of respect for her ignited after hearing that she is human and is willing to admit her mistakes.

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Oprah's Next Chapter

As if her Essence speech wasn't enough, she sat down with Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, and Phylicia Rashad in an in-depth couch talk hosted by Oprah. The actress again elaborated on her growth in the industry. 

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College Educated

She had plans on heading to law school before getting discovered while interning in a LA modeling agency. While she never became the lawyer she first wanted to be she still holds a BA in Sociology.

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She's Fit

Being that she's 41 and has a body that rivals most 20 year olds, there's no excuse for us to not be fit. She may not have a workout video like her other hollywood friends but she manages to keep her body a 10.

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Being Mary Jane

This past summer she reached another milestone. Her BET TV movie premiered with 4 million viewers. The film-turned-tv-show centers around her character Mary Jane and the conflicts she's faced with. BET already renewed the movie for season 2 before the season 1 premiere in January.

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Supports Breast Cancer

She's an Ambassador for Susan G. Koman. She ran in the Global Race for the Cure in 2012 in honor of her late friend Kristen Martinez.

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Sexy Male Co-Stars

When you're beautiful you need a leading man to match your work. She fell in love with LL Cool J (Deliver Us From Eva), got Morris Chestnut to settle down (The Brothers), and anything with Idris Elba (Daddy's Little Girl) is a win. 

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She Has a Sense of Humor

She has no problem laughing at her self or acting in comedic movies. In her webseries, Riding Dirty with Officer Turner, she reminded us that she has no problems laughing at her self or her crazy antics.

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Multitalented

She's not just an actress, athlete, and advocate for various causes but she also understands Braille. Dedicated to her small part in Welcome to Collinwood she spent time with at the Braille Institute.

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Campaigned for Obama

A fan of Obama, she's helped campaign for him and spoke to hundreds of thousands young adults advocating for his candidacy.

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She's a Great Friend

Gabrielle has many industry lady friends and despite past actions she's remained loyal to them. Constantly spreding love to them via social networks and during interviews. It's great to see she still values the friendships of those she met man years ago.

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Ava DuVernay And Theaster Gates To Lead Diversity Council For Prada

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Gates and DuVernay, who have used their art in social justice missions will join " Prada’s initiative to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large.” The pair will also help the brand provide the opportunity for designers of color to obtain internships and apprenticeships that are inclusive of diverse communities.

In a statement to WWD, Miuccia Prada, Prada’s Chief Executive Officer, and Lead Creative Director stated explained the brand's willingness to learn from their own mistakes while actively including creative of color in the company.

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