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‘My Favorite Cover Yet’: Gabrielle Union and Baby Kaavia James Debut as Mommy-Daughter Cover Girls, and Fans Are Loving It

Gabrielle Union has covered many prestigious magazines, but she says her new Parents magazine cover with baby girl Kaavia James Union Wade is her favorite.

The star and executive producer of the upcoming series “L.A.’s Finest” debuted the photo on her Instagram page Wednesday, March 27, and made the 4-month-old her Woman Crush Wednesday in the process.

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Gabrielle Union says this Parents magazine cover with Kaavia James is her favorite one yet. (Photo: Thomas Whiteside/@parents/Instagram)

“My favorite cover yet. #shadybaby is on magazines stands… world watch out,” Union writes in the caption as she gushes about her baby. “@kaaviajames is already my kinda girl and is my forever #wcw. She smiles when she sees @dwyanewade and has a loud laugh that sounds like husky voiced unicorn giggles. This little girl has brought a light and joy to my life I didn’t even know was possible. Without words, she has challenged me to be a better version of myself, and on the daily has me busting out in fits of laughter. Time to eat up the cuteness on this cover 😍”

Fans of the star and her “Shady Baby” couldn’t help but gush over the mag.

“Love this little cover girl, cutie 100, you too Gab.”


“You both look beautiful God bless you enjoy her they grow up so fast.”

Kaavia James, who is the first child of Union’s and joins a house full of boys fathered by and related to Dwyane Wade, was conceived via surrogate and born in November 2018. Speaking to Parents about the struggles she faced to have a child of her own, Union detailed how hurtful it was to spend five years dealing with fertility issues.

“There was a lot of pain, and a lot of disappointment,” said the star, who has said she’s suffered eight or nine miscarriages. “I felt like I was not only disappointing myself and my spouse but all the people who’d hung a lot of hope on us. I felt like a complete loser and failure.”

In the end, Union and Wade elected to use IVF and a surrogate to have their daughter. Since Kaavia James’ arrival, her Shady Baby antics have taken over Instagram — much to the delight of fans.

“When I ask her a question, Kaavia responds with a lot of animation, and she’ll pause so you can ask her more,” Union explained to Parents. “She follows along, but she doesn’t do baby talk. When people talk baby talk, she gives shady-baby looks.”

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