3 Things The Independent Woman Can Learn From Gabrielle Union

The star of the BET Series Being Mary Jane, Gabrielle Union, is quickly positioning herself as the celebrity entrepreneur to watch and a role model for the independent woman.

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Earlier this year she launched her own haircare line, Flawless by Gabrielle Union.

If that wasn’t enough, this week Glamour Magazine announced that her New York and Company collection (which is oh so fabulous) is now available in stores.

And INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club, revealed that they will be hosting Union as a part of their Good Lit Series. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, and has hosted a diverse and distinctive array of speakers from Kim Kardashian-West to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Bill Gates.

When asked why they chose to include Union in this year’s lineup of speakers, Marisa Levine Director of INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club, shared, 

INFORUM is excited to host Gabrielle because her work spans so many important areas, from media to activism to entrepreneurship and beyond, and she does it all with candor and humor. We’re looking forward to hearing her personal perspective on how issues like sexuality, body image, race, and other important issues have impacted her life and career, and talking about her new book over a glass of wine!
— Marisa Levine

With Union leading the way, here are three things we can learn from her on how to live life as an independent woman.

  1. Make your own money. Although Union is happily married to NBA star, Dwayne Wade, she makes it clear that makes her own money. In an interview with Essence magazine, Union states, “Dwayne appreciates my independence, and my high credit score, and the fact that if I want a Chanel bag, I’m not asking for his Amex; I’ve got my own.” You know we at Money & Mimosas are all about financial independence, ladies! 

  2. Share your story. Just before the release of Birth of A Nation when rape allegations against her co-star Nate Parker surfaced, Union shared that she had been raped and molested at the age of 19. She urged others to show compassion towards sexual assault victims and is now using her story to be a powerful voice for other rape survivors. It is a very personal decision to share trauma that may have occurred in your life. If you feel ready to share your story, remember that your voice may help someone else who had a similar experience to find the strength and courage to pursue their dreams. 

  3. Develop multiple revenue streams. Although Union is a very successful and sought-after actress, she understands the importance of keeping the money flowing. Her hair line, clothing deal, upcoming book, and a multitude of other endeavors are helping her maintain her fly-independent- happily married lifestyle. Take a look at your business and brainstorm one to three more revenue streams you could add to ensure your financial independent status.

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About the author: Danetha Doe is the creator of Money & Mimosas. A guide for the independent woman who wants to grow her wealth and look fabulous while doing it. She is also a private business advisor for celebrities, professional athletes and successful entrepreneurs.