Zaya Wade continues to make her mark in fashion at Paris Fashion Week

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  • Published on March 15, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

The 15-year-old made her runway debut in the Miu Miu womenswear show.

Zaya Wade is claiming her spot in the fashion industry. The model, whose father is basketball star Dwyane Wade and stepmom is actress Gabrielle Union, made her runway debut at the Miu Miu womenswear show during Paris Fashion Week.

Wade and Union supported Zaya during her debut by sitting in the front row and cheering her on. Considering the high-fashion occasion, all three donned chic looks. Zaya wore a green dress-and-blazer combo, accompanied by a brown leather bag and black kitten heels. Wade and Union sported coordinating all-black looks. After the show, Zaya appeared at a Miu Miu dinner and afterparty at the restaurant Gigi Parisas.

The model made a commemorative post on her Instagram and wrote, “debut @miumiu.”

Zaya has been taking the fashion industry by storm, as she has modeled for brands including Tiffany & Co. and Puma. She and her family have also been in the spotlight since Wade and Union have been outspoken in their support for Zaya since her coming out as transgender in 2020.

Most recently, the couple was awarded the President’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards in February. The honor recognizes “special achievement and distinguished public service.” Upon accepting the award, they gave an impassioned speech.

Wade spoke directly to his daughter, saying, “As your father, my job isn’t to create a version of myself or direct your future. My role is to be a facilitator to your hopes, your wishes, your dreams. Zaya, you’ve made me a better human just simply by being who you were born to be: our baby girl, Zaya Wade. So baby, thank you for showing the world what courage looks like. I’m proud that I was chosen to stand in place as your father.”

Union made a call-to-action, asking viewers: “Will we fight for some or will we fight for all of our people?”

“The intersection of Black rights and the rights of the LGBTQIA, trans and gender non-conforming people continues to be rough — that’s a huge understatement,” Union said. “Even as we demand equality at the top of our lungs, we consistently fail to extend our advocacy to protect some of our most vulnerable among us.”

The actress continued, “ Black trans people are being targeted, terrorized and hunted in this country. Every day, everywhere. And there’s rarely a whisper about it. We honestly don’t approach this work as activists or leaders as much as we do this as parents — parents who love our children and will do whatever the hell we can to keep them seen and secure and safe.”


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