"[I've been] preparing for this moment for so long," the 13-year-old told the former first lady.

By Tessa Petak
Mar 05, 2021 @ 9:02 am
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Zaya Wade just met her idol. On Thursday, Zaya — daughter of NBA star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union — sat down (virtually of course) with former first lady Michelle Obama to discuss her book Becoming and get her advice for young people.

And needless to say Zaya was a tad bit nervous (who wouldn't be?) to be speaking with the author.

"I'm meeting an idol. I'm literally meeting an idol," she gushed. "[I've been] preparing for this moment for so long."

To which Obama replied that she was as equally as excited to meet the 13-year-old.

"I hear you're slotting me in between school, so I feel very special," Obama said, adding, "Ask your teacher for forgiveness from me because you're doing me a favor."

Zaya laughed and said "I definitely think they'll make an exception." Zaya then began the Q&A, asking Obama her advice for teens, "who want to be themselves and thrive like you have and currently are."

"Well, like you have and currently are," said Obama. "I am just so proud of you, you know, being just an amazing role model and embracing your truth."

She continued saying her number one piece of advice is to "be patient with yourself."

"At your age, or in the teenage years and probably through your 20s, you're gonna be experimenting with so many versions of yourself, right?" said Obama. "All young people are trying on different versions, different voices, they're learning more about their intellect, they're learning about what they love, what they're good at, what they like. This is the period of exploration."

She went on to stress that teenagers aren't "supposed to know yet" who they want to be at such a young age. She then let Zaya have the floor and give her advice for young people.

"We all think that we thrive with people who are just like us, but I think getting a different perspective from someone else who isn't like you really helps," Zaya said. "That definitely helped me in becoming me and defining my truth."