Gabrielle Union Models Dark-Skinned Love

Says she and D-Wade wanted to make a statement on Essence cover.

Posted: 01/26/2012 04:00 PM EST

It's the hot couple's first magazine cover, as well as the first time they're being so open about their relationship, which was initially marred with criticisms and "home wrecker" allegations.

During a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister, Gabrielle Union explained that she and NBA star Dwyane Wade decided to go forward with the Essence feature in order to show two dark-skinned people in a happy relationship.

"We didn’t realize that what people were thinking was that we were being kept off of covers and that we were being shunned because we were a darker-skinned African-American couple, and when we realized that — and people were like, ‘We want more images of darker-skinned African-Americans,’ and also to know that a man of his stature would choose an older woman and a browner woman — we want to see those images, and we were like, ‘Are we being a little selfish?'" she says.

In the Essence story, Union and Wade discuss their views on marriage and why they're taking their sweet time before they each walk down the aisle a second time.


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