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Join us in celebrating Gabrielle Union‘s birthday today!

The gorgeous actress has been a fixture on the big and small screens since the early ’90s. Decades later, at almost 50 years old, Union is going harder than ever. Most recently, she released her second memoir, You Got Anything Stronger, in which she opens up about her career, marriage to Dwyane Wade, motherhood, and more. As always, Union’s candor inspires us to take a deeper look at our own truths.

She’s an inspiration in everyday life, as well. From her style to the way she loves on her daughter Kaavia James and shows her support for other women entertainers, Union is everything we hope we’ll grow up to be. In an interview with Parade last month, the beauty opened up about stumbling upon her “superpower,” as she “unlearned” what she thought she knew about being a woman and mother.

“A Shaman actually led me down that road,” Union said of changing her perspective. “And I was like, OK, this is definitely a little weird for a Catholic girl from Omaha, Nebraska—but I find information and resources and lifelines all over the place, and this was one that really changed the trajectory of my life. It opened up the door to finding peace through the acceptance of being vulnerable. I realized that to embrace the feminine divine, if you will, isn’t to be weak or subservient or somehow innately less-than. It’s to grab onto our power. Vulnerability exists in all of us, and I need to be OK with it and not try to hide it, smother it, snuff it out, but embrace it because our vulnerability is truly our superpower.”

“For me, that was standing in my way to emotional freedom. I still gotta work on the other parts of freedom, but emotionally, [I freed] myself from the trap of not showing weakness by being vulnerable,” she adds.

Here at Global Grind, we’re huge Gabrielle Union fans and we’re riding with her ’til the wheels fall off. Show her some love today, plus more photos that prove she’s the fountain of youth, below.

1. Gabrielle attends ’45 Years of TV guide Covers’ in 1998.

Museum of Television & Radio's 'A Television Diary: 45 Years of TV Guide Covers' Source:Getty

2. Gabby at the ‘Shakespeare in Love’ Premiere

'Shakespeare in Love' Premiere Los Angeles Premiere Source:Getty

3. Gabrielle Union in the 2000 film ‘Bring It On’

Kirsten Dunst And Gabrielee Union Star In Cheer Fever To Be Released In The Summer Of 2000 Source:Getty

4. Young and gettin’ it!


5. That smile though.


6. That glow though!

'Original Sin' premieres in LA Source:Getty

7. Gabby at a Barneys N.Y. Gala Dinner in 2006.

Patrick McMullan Archives Source:Getty

8. 2003 Gabby was fine too.

Photocall of 'Bad boys II' with Will Smith and Gabrielle Union in Madrid. Source:Getty

9. Gabby at the 2004 Video Game Awards

Spike TV's 2nd Annual 'Video Game Awards 2004' - Arrivals Source:Getty

10. Get it, girl.

In Style Magazine and Warner Bros. Studios Post Golden Globe Party - Beverley Hilton Source:Getty

11. Drop dead gorgeous.

Patrick McMullan Archives Source:Getty

12. 10 years later and ain’t a damn thing change.

Patrick McMullan Archives Source:Getty

13. Front row at Fashion Week back in 2011.

Christian Siriano - Front Row & Backstage - Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Source:Getty

14. Working it.

BET's New Series 'Being Mary Jane' Los Angeles Premiere Source:Getty

15. Gabby and Naomi circa 2015.

7th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York - Inside Source:Getty

16. Gabby circa 2016.

Watch What Happens Live - Season 13 Source:Getty

17. Gabby flaunts what her mama gave her at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Roaming Arrivals Source:Getty

18. The Gabby we know and love these days!

Gabrielle Union Celebrates New York & Company x Breaking In Partnership Source:Getty

19. Skin poppin’!

20. Lawd!

21. So tell us, Gabby, what’s your secret?

22. Happy Birthday, beautiful!