Despite being a longtime member of black Hollywood, Union found that her status didn’t immediately translate to financial support for her popular haircare brand, Flawless.


“It’s always a challenge to make sure we’re not forgotten,” she said. “And for people and corporations to keep their interest in our communities, and celebrate our beauty in a sustained way. When your marketing dollars and your presence decreases, you magically become grassroots.”

But despite it all, it appears Union wouldn’t have it any other way. “So many of us have battled all sorts of shit,” she said. “Now, we’re on the vibe of ‘Love me exactly as I am, or not.’ I’m so happy in my own skin, I’m so happy in my own body, and I’m so happy in my own identity. It’s refreshing.”