Gabrielle Union is being “unapologetically” true to herself.
Julianne Hough and Union were fired from “America’s Got Talent” after both acted as judges on the show for just one season. No official reason was ever given as to why they were let go. However, in the aftermath of the firings, reports were published that said Union had expressed concerns over the ‘”toxic culture” and was also told her hairstyles were “too black” for the audience.
Union and “AGT” have since had a five-hour meeting about the controversy and while the discussion had was not made public, Union did express on Twitter that the meeting was “productive.”
The incident has made one thing clear for Union, she knows who she is and won’t change that for anyone.
“Unapologetically me. Be comfortable and confident with your whole a** self. It might give others the fluuuxxx but never stop being you. You can shine on your own terms. And if you got something to say,” she wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “I don’t take notes rooted in anti-blackness. I love me as I am.”
Union also shared a slideshow of herself in a variety of glamorous looks while Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s quote from her book We Should All Be Feminists played in the background.
The passage reads: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”