Zaya Wade, 15, gushed over support from dad Dwyane and Gabrielle Union after legal gender change

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Now that Zaya Wade15, debuted at Paris Fashion Week, featured on the cover of Dizzy magazine and spoke of her family’s support following her legal gender and name change on March 15. The brunette beauty is the daughter of the former NBA star Dwyane Wade41 years old, and his wife’s daughter-in-law, Gabrielle Union, 50. “When my family surrounds me,” Zaya said of when she feels most “empowered.” She went on to say, “They are such a giant support system and have always been there for me. No matter what, I feel stronger when I’m with them.

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Zaya Wade bragged about her family’s support amid her new ‘Dazed’ interview. (NINA PROMMER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The model, who came out as transgender in 2020 at the age of 12, went on to explain how she wanted to “deepen” her family’s “education” and “appreciation” for the LGBTQ+ community. “So many big changes have happened in the last two years with me, but also in general,” added the 15-year-old. “I think it’s not my job, but it’s an honor for me to continue and deepen my family’s education and appreciation for the entire LBGTQ+ community as we grow together. “

Later in the interview, Zaya revealed that growing up as the child of a famous father was not always a positive experience. “There are ups and downs,” Dwyane’s ex’s daughter Funches of Siohvaughn, share. “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 massive platform she has, Instagram for example, where she has over 663,000 followers, has positive aspects.

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Zaya Wade at Paris Fashion Week in October 2022. (David Fisher/Shutterstock)

“The benefits of having such an inclusive platform completely outweigh any negativity online, which my support system allowed me to filter out,” Zaya said. “It’s allowed me to let the positivity in and distribute it to all the trans people around the world who need a voice and give them a platform to be inspired to live with themselves without having to fear.” Last month, Zaya had her name and gender legally changed and the changes were approved by a judge in Los Angeles, by TMZ.

The 41-year-old proud father of four recently bragged about Zaya for Paris Fashion Week and for his winter formal dance in January. “She’s arrived @miumiu,” he captioned the video of his daughter walking the Miu Miu show on March 7. And later, Dwayne and Gabrielle posed alongside Zaya for her winter formal dance on Jan. 29. great moments in life is the key. All the nervousness, all the anxiety, all the fear… With your loved ones by your side, no matter the challenge, we have 10 toes down. Always,” he captioned the photo carousel. Dwayne’s children include: Zaire21, Xavier Zacharie9 years old, and his daughter with Gabrielle, Kaavia James Union Wade4.

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