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7 of Kaavia James’s Best ‘Shady Baby’ Moments

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Kaavia James, the 3-year-old daughter of Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, has absolutely earned her nickname of Shady Baby. The toddler is one of the funniest, most entertaining, highly adorable kids you’ll see on Instagram — and we’ve got several examples to prove it.

Shady Baby, as her parents have dubbed her on social media, always keeps it real, whether she’s letting her mom know that she has some breath issues or trolling her parents in photos. “She is like the George Carlin of babies,” Union said in an interview with Ellen Degeneres in May 2020. “That is our little nugget. She’s pure comedy but absolutely dead ass, dead serious — she’s just stone face.” The actress added that Kaavia “is unbothered and unimpressed at all times.”

There’s even a book about Kaavia’s shadiness (which was a New York Times bestseller)! Union and Wade penned an illustrated homage to their little one called Shady Baby, which is all about empowering kids to stand up for themselves and others.

Shadiness, Union noted, is Kaavia’s “superpower.” “When Kaavia gives you a look, it’s either you’re not respecting her boundaries or something is happening that she doesn’t like,” Union explained to PEOPLE. “The main takeaway is that she’s free to be this amazing, dynamic, shady at times, loving at times Black little girl when the world has not been so kind to Black girls and women.”

Here’s to so many more moments of Kaavia expressing herself. Shady Baby forever and ever.

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