Zaya Wade Turns 13! Ring in Her Milestone Birthday With Her Cutest Family Pics

Zaya Wade is celebrating her birthday today and we know that it'll be one to remember with her loving family.
By Kelsey Klemme May 29, 2020 1:00 PMTags
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Happy birthday, Zaya Wade!

Today, Zaya is ringing in her 13th birthday, a pretty exciting milestone for anyone who couldn't wait to officially call themselves a teenager.

While her birthday celebrations may be on hold in light of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that Zaya will still have an amazing day with her loving family.

Over the past few months, we've seen how supportive Dwyane Wade is of his little girl, who earlier this year shared her truth when she came out as transgender.

Her father shared his daughter's inspiring story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and her step-mother, Gabrielle Union, showed her allyship as well on social media.

"Meet Zaya," the actress wrote on Twitter and Instagram. "She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It's Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people."

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Union also took to Instagram earlier today with a sweet post honoring the teen's birthday.

"You are such an inspiration and motivation to get my butt up everyday and fight," she captioned the photo of the two. "When I'm weary, frustrated, full of rage, I see your face and your joy and you living your best life and I want that for all of us."

Zaya's dad similarly made a touching birthday post on Instagram, writing, "Waking up and watching you smile, watching you walk in your truth and live your life your way is one of the greatest gifts I've been able to experience in my life."

"In a world where the color of your skin is deemed a threat you continue to be the bravest person I know and I'm gonna stand by your side until there isn't anymore standing left to do," he continued. "I love you more than words can articulate. I hope you feel all of my love today and everyday of your life."

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We also saw Zaya's step-mom and father right by her side (and looking extremely stylish) at her first red carpet appearance earlier this year when she walked the step-and-repeat at the sixth annual Truth Awards, an event that highlights the black LGBTQ+ community.

In honor of the teen's birthday, we're looking back at her cutest family moments.

Take a look below!

Birthday Girl

On Zaya Wade's 13th birthday, her father Dwyane Wade wrote the sweetest Instagram tribute to his little girl that made us totally tear up.

"Waking up and watching you smile, watching you walk in your truth and live your life your way is one of the greatest gifts I've been able to experience in my life,
 he wrote. "In a world where the color of your skin is deemed a threat you continue to be the bravest person I know and I'm gonna stand by your side until there isn't anymore standing left to do."

" I love you more than words can articulate. I hope you feel all of my love today and everyday of your life. You're Bold, You're courageous, You are Zaya. Happy Birthday we LOVE you‼️"

Pure Joy

Step-mom Gabrielle Union celebrated Zaya when she became a teenager, writing a birthday Instagram post for the teen that read, "You are such an inspiration and motivation to get my butt up everyday and fight."

"When I'm weary, frustrated, full of rage, I see your face and your joy and you living your best life and I want that for all of us," she continued. "I love you sooooo much kid!! Enjoy this day and everyday knowing you are loved, protected, respected, admired and celebrated."

Hair Love

Zaya and her dad were two peas in a pod this past weekend when they debuted their freshly dyed hair.

Just Smile

Gabrielle Union and her step-daughter jump for joy in this cute, sunny pic that was uploaded to the actress' Instagram in April.

Twinning

Like father, like daughter! Zaya shared this sweet picture of herself with her dad in April in their comfortable-looking sweatsuit combinations.

Flower Power

"Enough Said," wrote Zaya's father when he shared this photo to his Instagram, alongside heart-eye emojis that showcased how much love the family has for one another.

Fashion Icon

Zaya was feeling herself in March 2020 when she rocked a custom Richfresh outfit ahead of the Truth Awards. Dwayne took to Instagram to write, "Last night was Zaya's first red carpet and we couldn't have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her."

"She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community," the proud papa added.

Glam Girls

Zaya wasn't the only one who got in on her fashion show! Gabrielle joined in on the fun (as well as color-matching Zaya's amazing suit) to strike a pose, adding on Instagram, "Always Us. Always."

Living Her Truth

Zaya was beaming on the step-and-repeat of the Truth Awards, marking her first red carpet as a woman living her truth.

Teammates

Zaya was game for a little fun in mid-March when she held up a mini-basketball hoop for her dad to sink shots into as her younger step-sister, Kaavia, played nearby.

One Happy Family

While the coronavirus pandemic had just started to pick up, we were happy to see this family safe and sound when Gabrielle uploaded the sweet pic of the foursome to her Instagram in late March.

The Ultimate Unit

The supportive family, including Zaya's brother Zaire Wade, snapped a photo of themselves wearing T-shirts that fans could buy. 

Dwayne shared on his Instagram that the sales from the shirts would benefit GLSEN, an education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Once again, happy birthday, Zaya!

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