Despite being gorgeous, Gabrielle says she used to try to minimize her features as a child.

Birth of a Nation actress Gabrielle Union wasn’t always proud of her looks. Despite being gorgeous, Gabrielle says she used to try to minimize her features as a child.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she said,

“I didn’t love my skin color, I didn’t love my lips. I didn’t love my nose, I didn’t love my hair. I didn’t love anything. I didn’t love my body. Because no one was choosing me—my self-esteem was determined by somebody choosing me.”

She added that she even tried to hide her features, particularly in photographs.

“I used to curl my lips and I see pictures and I look insane, but it was me trying to minimize my blackness.”

The actress has been particularly vocal recently about the struggles of being black in Hollywood. She spoke with the magazine about “the sense of being hyper-visible or invisible on sets,” as she calls it.

“When do you stand up and point out every micro-aggression, and when do you stand down so you’re not the angry black person all the time? It’s tiring. It feels like another job that you’re not getting paid for—that is all-encompassing.”

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