There is no shortage of beautiful NBA wives and girlfriends out there. Professional basketball players date (and often marry) some of the most attractive females walking the face of the Earth. That being said, when it comes to basketball wives there is one that stands out from the rest: Omaha, Nebraska native Gabrielle Union-Wade. Union-Wade is married to Chicago Bulls star, Dwayne Wade.
However, Union is more than just another athlete's wife; she is also an extremely successful actress. The 5-foot-7 stunner appeared in teen comedies in the late '90s such as 10 Things I Hate About You, and She’s All That. Union’s breakout role came in the cult cheer classic Bring It On, where she played a no-nonsense cheerleader named Isis. Following her success in Bring It On, Union would go on to be regularly featured in countless films and television shows. She would also gain a reputation for being one of the best-looking actresses in Hollywood.
Union’s undeniable beauty caught the attention of one of basketball's biggest stars in Dwayne Wade. It also caught the attention of many famous publications and social media followers, resulting in some steamy photos being produced.
With that in mind, let’s tale look at 15 Gabrielle Union photos that are so hot, that Dwayne Wade himself may not want you to see them.
15 Out Of The Pool
Union looks stunning while stepping out if the swimming pool in one of her hottest Instagram photos to date. The actress looks great in whatever she wears, and this outfit is certainly no exception. In this recent photo, Gabrielle Union proves the cliché “that age is just a number,” as the 44-year-old could easily pass for someone half her age in this pic. The caption asks for “Thoughts on these shots?” It would be a surprise if she received anything but positive feedback on this particular image.
Fun Fact: Union made her credited television debut on a 1993 episode of the sitcom Family Matters. She appeared in the episode entitled “Scenes from a Mall.” She was credited for playing the role of (the) mall girl.
14 From The Back
Thanks to reality television stars like Kim Kardashian, rear ends have become all the rage in recent years. Union puts hers on display in this form-fitting dress as she poses for photographers. The actress clearly knows how to steal the show at any red carpet event with her sense of style and near flawless figure. Union looks every bit the VIP in this particular photo.
Fun Fact: Before Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union was married to another famous professional athlete. From 2001 to 2006 the actress was married to former Jacksonville Jaguars running back, Chris Howard. The couple met at a party in 1999 and went on the wed in May of 2001. The marriage lasted for roughly five years before the couple finally divorced in 2006.
13 Poolside Stunner
There aren’t many actresses in Hollywood who can a rock a bikini quite like Gabrielle Union. Now almost in her mid-40s, the gorgeous actress looks to be in as good of shape, if not better, than she was in her Bring It On days. Despite the fact that the cheer flick was released nearly 17 years ago, Union looks pretty much the same.
Fun Fact: Apparently Dwayne Wade isn’t the only athlete in the family. In her college days, when Gabrielle Union was attending the University of Nebraska, she played soccer for the school’s club team. However, soccer wasn’t her chosen career path. She would eventually transfer to UCLA where she obtained a degree in sociology. It’s always good to have a backup plan, though acting definitely seems to have worked out for her.
12 Fierce Fashion
The lovely actress shows off her fashionable side in this unique and somewhat revealing outfit. The bottoms almost look like something one could wear in a business setting, though the top definitely doesn’t. Gabrielle Union gives new meaning to business casual in an outfit that would likely violate nearly any workplace's dress code. Dress code aside, the outfit looks nothing short of amazing on the Hollywood starlet.
Fun Fact: Dwayne Wade isn’t the only basketball star Union has been romantically linked to. Back in her high school days, she also dated former NBA star and current Milwaukee Bucks head coach, Jason Kidd. Apparently, it was Kidd who decided to end the relationship. In fact, rumor has it, that the former NBA star broke things off right before their junior prom.
11 Eye Contact
Gabrielle Union certainly looks fabulous in this revealing little number. It’s clear that the actress has posed for many similar photos and clearly looks like a pro at this point. She stares seductively into the camera in a photo that could definitely be on the cover of a popular magazine. Moreover, the white sunglasses attached to her top add a nice touch to this memorable photograph.
Fun Fact: Union will be releasing her first book on October 17, 2017. The book is called We’re Going to Need More Wine. It’s an autobiography which will also cover topics like beauty, womanhood, and sexuality. Union summarized her work up rather nicely in a recent Instagram post calling it, “"the good, the bad, and the WTF."
10 Find Your Cool
Gabrielle Union is a celebrity who certainly knows how to get people’s attention, with photos like the one seen here. The A-list star appears to be wearing nothing but a white blanket in this promotional shot for her Invicta watch line. Moreover, buying one watch and getting the second one for $5 actually sounds like a pretty good deal. When it comes to promoting watches, Gabrielle Union seems to have her timing down.
Fun Fact: One of Union’s earliest roles was in the popular '90s sitcom, Saved By The Bell: The New Class. She actually played two different characters over the course of the show. She played a character named Hillary in Season 3 and then came back in Season 4 to play a different character named Jennifer.
9 Revealing Dress
If Gabrielle Union looked any hotter in this dress someone would need to go get a fire extinguisher. This unique dress is the perfect mix of naughty and nice. On one side we have the more elegant black piece, while the other half features the more revealing blue portion. The award-winning actress likely turned more than a few heads at the Vanity Fair event, with this captivating attire.
Fun Fact: One of Gabrielle Union’s most popular films was 2012’s Think Like a Man. The film is a romantic comedy that follows four couples as the females try to turn the tables on their men after reading a self-help book. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it made over $96 million worldwide on a $12.5 million budget.
8 Boat Babe
Even with the incredible scenery in the background, it’s difficult to take one’s eyes of off the gorgeous actress as she poses for this amazing bikini photo. The actress proudly showcases her physique while leaning against the rails of a boat. Moreover, it’s also nice to see that the ship’s captain is taking adequate safety measures by having a life preserver on board. Of course, it's unlikely that anyone will be abandoning ship when they get a glimpse of Union in her swimsuit.
Fun Fact: In 2000, Union one her first major award, when she captured the Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Isis in Bring It On. She was nominated for the award the following year for her role in the film The Brothers but failed to repeat.
7 Wild Dress
This photo shows Gabrielle Union having a little fun in New York City. The way the straps hang on this fashion-forward dress, it almost looks like it’s falling off of the stunning movie star. Judging by the looks of things, Union definitely appears to be ready for “@beautycon.” With photos like this one, it's easy to see how Union has been able to build a solid following on social media. Getting over 209,000 likes on Instagram is an impressive feat.
Fun Fact: Union’s husband Dwayne Wade played for the Miami Heat from 2003 to 2016 after being selected by the team with the 5th overall pick in 2003. During his time in Miami, he helped the team capture three NBA titles in 2006, 2012, and 2013 respectively.
6 Shag Carpet
This photo certainly has a retro feel to it. It’s probably the yellow shag carpet that Union is laying on. The Bring In On star’s warm smile helps to make this photo one of her best. Moreover, the multicolor dress also serves to emphasize the 44-year-old’s impressive figure. While the rug may give this photo a bit of a 1970s feel, it’s clear that Gabrielle Union would be considered a 10 in any decade.
Fun Fact: Here is an interesting piece of trivia for all the Star Trek fans out there. Gabrielle Union actually stared in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In the episode “Sons and Daughters” Union portrayed a female Klingon who went by the name N’Garen, a fact that only the most die-hard Trekkies would likely know.
5 White Bikini
Gabrielle Union looks like she spent a great deal of time in the gym before this photo was taken. The award-winning performer shows us, once again, why she is considered one of the hottest females you will ever see in a motion picture. This white bikini helps the basketball wife show off her impressive abs. Union definitely could have been a model if the whole acting thing didn’t work out.
Fun Fact: In 2003, Union received several award nominations for her playing the role of Evangeline “Eva” Dandridge in the romantic comedy Deliver Us from Eva. She won the BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Box Office Movie. She was also nominated for three other awards for the role, including the Black Reel Award for Best Actress.
4 Instagram Queen
Gabrielle Union’s hair looks amazing in this memorable Instagram photo. The exotic top helps to highlight the movie star’s toned upper half. It’s clear from this photo that Union is a celebrity who takes her diet and exercise routine very seriously. Photos such as this one have helped to make the leading actress one of the most popular stars on social media platforms such as Instagram.
Fun Fact: Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union began dating back in 2009. The couple went their separate ways for a brief period in 2013, before ultimately getting back together later that year. They would go on to tie the knot in August of 2014 in a ceremony that was held in Miami, Florida. A prenuptial agreement was signed prior to the marriage.
3 One Piece
In one of her more risque photos, Union poses in somewhat revealing lingerie. The unbuttoned collared shirt seems to add a relaxed feel to this eye-catching photo. The actress shows she’s not afraid to let her hair down in order to create a photograph that her fans are sure to love. This image is without question one of the Hollywood star’s hottest.
Fun Fact: Union is a proud graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles which is better known by its abbreviated name UCLA. The university was founded all the way back in 1919, making it almost a century old. As of 2016, there is 44,947 students enrolled in the prestigious university. The school's main campus is located in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.
2 Strike A Pose
Unions shows off her ruffled bottoms and plain white tank top in this lovely image. The former Saved By The Bell star could easily be mistaken for a professional model with her confident pose. Her gold bracelet also shows us the Gabrielle Union is one celebrity that known how to accessorize. It seems nearly impossible to find a bad photo of the award-winning performer.
Fun Fact: Union has been nominated for several awards for her portrayal of Mary Jane Paul in the hit drama Being Mary Jane. She won the NCCAP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special in 2014. She was also nominated for three other awards for the part, including the BET Award for Best Actress.
1 Winning Smile
Gabrielle Union shows off her signature curves in this extremely flattering one piece bathing suit. The starlet flashes a warm smile in an image that her Instagram followers definitely approve of. It’s not easy getting over 145,000 likes on social media, even for a world famous celebrity. However, it would appear that Union knows how to keep her fans engaged with this sultry swimsuit photo. You won’t find many folks, even in Hollywood, who are as photogenic as Gabrielle Union.
Fun Fact: Union originally hails from Omaha, Nebraska which happens to be the largest city in the state, with an estimated population of 446,970 residents. The city has also produced a number of other noteworthy celebs including investor Warren Buffett, MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, and Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.