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Gabrielle Union Wants Us to Channel Our Inner Beyoncé, One Sweatshirt at a Time
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Gabrielle Union is using her new platform as a designer to empower women.

The Being Mary Jane star chatted with PureWow about how she incorporated messages of encouragement and feminism in her new NY & Company line (not to mention super cute designs).

“My line is inspired by my friends,” Union explained. “My crew [is made of everyone from] bank VPs to entrepreneurs to active moms to super sporty girls. We’re all just trying to find pieces that sort of empower women, bring women together and make life easier for us.”

Union went on to say that she “grew up with a very narrow idea of what it is to be a successful woman,” and didn’t recognize that creative fields could yield lucrative results until she started college.

Now, she hopes to inspire women of all backgrounds to pursue their passions, which is easily discernable since several pieces in her collection feature phrases like “rule the world,” “no limits” and “#alltogethernow.”

Union explained how vital individuality is, saying, “It doesn’t matter what your journey looks like, it’s real and valid and worthwhile. Our lives don’t need to match to make sense. You can walk in your own stilettos and high five the next woman.”

In that case…You get a high five. You get a high five. You get a high five!

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