All the feels: ‘Fanned out’ Gabrielle Union touts Pearl Thusi as her #WCW

A totally “fanned out” Gabrielle Union has named none other than South Africa’s very own superstar actress Pearl Thusi as her “Woman crush Wednesday.”

The legendary American actress shared a heartfelt tribute to Thusi on Instagram on Wednesday, referring to her as “talented and captivating.”

She wrote, “I met Pearl randomly in a bar in Barcelona while watching the World Cup, right after watching her Netflix movie, Catching Feelings… and I completely fanned out!”

‘Superstar for all the right reasons’

Union, who was until recently an America’s Got Talent judge, praised Thusi as a “superstar for all the right reasons” as well as an entrepreneur, friend, mother, and philanthropist.

She cited Thusi’s successes, including having her own hair line called Black Pearl Hair and her work on HIV and gender-based violence issues.

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Today’s #WCW is the talented and captivating Pearl Thusi (@pearlthusi). I met Pearl randomly in a bar in Barcelona while watching the World Cup, right after watching her Netflix movie, Catching Feelings… and I completely fanned out! She is the kind of woman that's a superstar for all the right reasons. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, friend, mother and more. She has her own hair care line called Black Pearl Hair… and launched the first ever MAC Collaboration in Africa EVER. Her project Queen Sono is Netflix’s first African original… before her they had never done anything script to screen on the continent! And her movie Catch Feelings was their first African movie ever licensed. Her passion for education, women, kids, and fighting HIV has lead her to some incredible work…. helping Global Citizen, many other organizations, and starting her own, Black halo, to focus on helping rape victims. To continue her philanthropic efforts, she just started working with Nkosi’s Haven – a foundation run in  honor of Nkosi Johnson, the longest surviving child born with HIV at his time of passing. There aren’t even enough characters available for me to describe everything this woman has done for the world and accomplished!  She’s the kind of woman to pop up at my birthday dinner at my favorite Mexican spot when I thought she was out of the country. I'm so inspired by all the work she does. From her immense talent to her groundbreaking roles to her hairline to raising her 2 daughters. Just, WOW. Let us lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.

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Union added, “Her project Queen Sono is Netflix’s first African original; before her they had never done anything script to screen on the continent! And her movie Catch Feelings was their first African movie ever licensed.”

Queen Sono, in which Thusi stars as a spy caught in a web of business and political intrigues, is currently getting rave reviews since it began showing on Netflix at the end of February.

Pearl Thusi, South Africans react

Union went on to say, “There aren’t even enough characters available for me to describe everything this woman has done for the world and accomplished! 

“I’m so inspired by all the work she does. From her immense talent to her groundbreaking roles to her hairline to raising her two daughters. Just, WOW. Let us lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.”

Pearl Thusi was among the first to react to Union’s glowing tribute. Commenting on the Instagram post, she simply said, “Gab… thank you… I really don’t know what else to say. Thank you.”

South Africans on social media also couldn’t help but get all the feels from Union’s post and in no time, both she and Thusi were trending.

Twitter user @Telekoadam joked, “Let’s give Gabrielle Union an African name. She is one of us.” Another user immediately suggested the name “Gabisile.”

Others said the tribute was a case of queens recognising each other, while @robzinterris replied, “Thanks for the recognition Gabrielle… Our continent has so much beauty and talent.”

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