Gabrielle Union Has a Message for Haters Who Think She Is Too ‘Old’ to Wear Revealing Swimsuits

The actress articulated what it’s like to age in Hollywood as a public figure.
Gabrielle Union.

Gabrielle Union.

Gabrielle Union won’t let anyone tell her what she can (and can’t) wear. The actress recently appeared on an episode of the Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr podcast and clapped back at internet trolls who often shame her for her social media content, which regularly consists of skimpy bikini pics.

“Somebody said, ‘You’re old enough to be somebody’s grandma, why are you still in, like wearing swimsuits?’ the 50-year-old recalled. “I’m like, ‘First of all, they’re not just swimsuits. They are thongs. And you’re gonna see these cheeks until my ass literally falls off, and I might just wear a bikini in the casket.’”

Union, who is married to former NBA player Dwyane Wade, shared a powerful message about not letting your age dictate your style. The Bring It On star has been in the spotlight for years and is no stranger to hearing unsolicited opinions as a result of being a public figure.

“At 35, they start treating you like you’ve got osteoporosis. You start becoming invisible and it’s a weird, empty feeling to feel like you’re disappearing in front of your own eyes,” the Welcome to the Party author added about aging in Hollywood. “You start taking on the same attitude as society that believes that you lack value. We need to boldly take up space and boldly claim and acknowledge our own beauty in all that we do, instead of waiting. Claim you. You love you more than anybody else loves you.”

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.