Gabrielle Union Had A Generous Gift For A News Anchor Who Was Shamed For Her Pregnancy Fashion

"Flaunt what your mama gave ya!"

Actress Gabrielle Union recently showed her support for a Georgia news anchor who was shamed for her on-air clothing while pregnant earlier this year. According to People, Laura Warren, who broadcasts in Augusta, had received negative comments for wearing a dress that showed the shape of her pregnant belly.

Warren wrote about the experience, which happened when she was 20 weeks pregnant, on her blog. She shared a voicemail she received from a woman who told her to "buy some decent maternity clothes so you don't walk around looking like you got a watermelon strapped under your too tight outfits" and called her "disgusting."

"I think instead of letting this lady get me down, I'm just going to turn her negative energy into positive energy," Warren wrote. "I'm going to say as many nice things as I can to as many people as I can, and I'm going to do it in a dress that fits these beautiful new curves with my 'watermelon' stomach showing."

Gabrielle Union heard Warren's story and chose her as her Woman Crush Wednesday (#wcw) last week. Not only did she spotlight her on Twitter, but she also announced she would be sending Warren outfits from her collection for New York & Company, telling her to "keep doing you" and "flaunt what your mama gave ya!"

Warren, who gave birth to son John Michael last month, posted her thanks for Union's support and generosity on Twitter, writing, "Such an honor coming from such a beautiful, hard working, and inspiring lady like you!"

This isn't the first time Union has spotlighted a news anchor who faced body shaming. Last month, she featured Dallas reporter Demetria Obilor, who received comments saying she didn't fit into her dresses and looked "ridiculous." In response, Obilor told the haters, "This is the way that I'm built. This is the way that I was born. I'm not going anywhere. So if you don't like it, you have your options." 

The Being Mary Jane star showed her support for Obilor on social media, in addition to sending her clothes from her collection. Obilor thanked the actress by sharing photos of herself in a dress Union had sent.

Union previously stood up for women's right to wear what they want in the midst of the ongoing conversation about sexual assault and harassment, in and out of Hollywood. In October, she challenged the belief that sexual assault is connected to a victim's clothing by reminding followers, "I got raped at work at a Payless shoe store. I had on a long tunic & leggings so miss me w/ 'dress modestly' shit."

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