Gabrielle Union's Stepdaughter Zaya Snaps Stunning Shots of Actress for Magazine Cover

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Gabrielle Union's pride in her stepdaughter, Zaya, is limitless! The 47-year-old actress covers June's digital issue of Self, a feature for which Zaya, 13, shot the photographs. 

While Union says that she "rarely" likes the pictures of herself that appear in magazines, she was eager to see herself "through Zaya's eyes."

"I think that’s really actually… really interesting. Because I trust her. And she has a story to tell," Union says of the photos, which show her as strong, gleeful, and confident. "I love her as an artist. I mean, obviously I love her period, but where her mind is going and where her creativity is going is just dope to see," she continues. "I’m just really interested to see what she comes up with."

In an email statement to the magazine, Zaya described the experience of photographing her stepmom as blissful. 

"The only emotion to describe the way I felt during the photo shoot is pure bliss," Zaya gushes. "I finally felt like I was doing something that I loved. It was a great experience."

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Union's husband, Dwyane Wade, first shared that Zaya had decided to go by female pronouns in February. Since then, the couple has been vocal about their support for the teen.

"You can lead with humility," Union says. "You can legit say, 'OK, I don’t have all the answers, but what I do know is that I love you, and I’m going to be on this journey with you, and we’re going to learn together.'"