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Gabrielle Union on the cover of Essence Magazine

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The always lovely, Gabrielle Union graced the December issue of Essence Magazine. Styled by the infamous June Ambrose, on the cover Union is wearing a Bibhu Mohapatra gown and Stella Valle earrings. Entertainment editor Cori Murray Styled caught up with the actress to talk about her new show on BET, being rejected major movie roles to her peers, and of course her relationship with the Miami Heat’s player, Dwyane Wade.

Gabrielle on rejection…

"There's this intense desire for us all to be chosen by a man, or a job, or chosen for fame, whatever. But when you're in the public eye and you're not chosen, the rejection feels public," says Union. "So to cover the wound, you attack the person who is chosen."

Gabrielle talks “Being Mary Jane”…

"It would be easy to label Mary Jane a freak...but enjoying sex doesn't make you a ho," says Union. "I hope [Being Mary Jane] widens the conversation. I hope people will be more forgiving of those who explore their sexuality unapologetically."

Check Gabrielle Union on BET’s “Being Mary Jane”, a new series about a successful talk show host as she juggles her booming professional life, supporting her family and her complicated search for "The One”. This airs January 7th.

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