It was an unforgettable night at the Wade household.
"Winter Formal," the athlete and the actress wrote in a joint Instagram post Jan. 29 alongside a series of photos and videos of their 15-year-old daughter ahead of the event. "Supporting each other for life's big moments is key. All the nerves, all the anxiety, all the fear…With loved ones by your side, no matter the challenge, we 10 toes down. Always."
For the dance, Zaya wore a sequin column gown with a tulle bolero from Rodarte's Fall 2022 collection and accessorized her look with a sparkly necklace and coordinating clutch. Thomas Christos Kikis styled her, and Malika James applied her makeup. Alexander Armand also did Zaya's hair, noting on Instagram they decided to go with "soft blowout curls to compliment the Ethereal Essence."
They weren't the only ones there to send Zaya off. Her sister Kaavia James Union Wade, 4, joined in on the fun too and even took to the piano to provide some music for the photoshoot. As Sydney Engelhart, who took the photos, noted on Instagram, "@kaaviajames said 'You take the pictures and I'll play the piano.'"
Dwyane—who is also dad to sons Zaire Wade, 20, and Xavier Wade, 9, and has raised nephew Dahveon Morris, 21—and Gabrielle have often shared photos of their family on social media, posting pictures from birthday parties and Zaya and Gabrielle having a twinning fashion moment. However, Dwyane has noted he and Gabrielle also try to protect Zaya's mental health from online hate by limiting comments on her Instagram.
"We want to make sure that if she's going to be on social media—she's going to show people some of her life—it's going to be the people that she wants that's in her circle," the former Miami Heat player said in an October interview with Today. "Everybody on the outside, that noise on the outside really don't matter. What matters is the voices that you allow in your circle. And so that's the people that we wanted to follow her journey and follow her life."
Zaya has previously spoken about the messages she has received.
"As a trans person, once I came out, there was a lot of hateful comments about how I should grow my hair out long or fit into a certain version of femininity, even though that's not true at all," Zaya, who came out as transgender in 2020, told People in May. "That kind of advice is just trying to break you, but don't let it."