For the October issue of Marie Claire magazine its only right that my fellow scorpion has a spread. Tracee Ellis Ross star is shinning bright as last night she is the first African-American actress to be nominated in over 30 yrs for the best actress category in a comedy at the 68th Annual Emmys. See her spread here and become enamored like the rest of us
MC: You’re outspoken on issues of beauty, for all women, but specifically for women of color. Why is that important to you?
TER: Someone asked me recently, “Do you get sick of people asking you about your hair?” And the reason I don’t is because I actually feel like you could chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair. It’s a badge of something bigger. Why am I beating my hair up? Because I want it to look like something that it isn’t? These are questions that I’ve been pondering my whole life. I’ve always been a curious thinker. And now, as an adult, I can articulate it. I like to choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear. I think our culture promotes fear and shame. My generation is one of the first generations of “choiceful” women—women who have actually had the choice of how they architect their lives—and I don’t think shame should have any place in that. But as that generation, you get cuts and bruises.
MC: Not many actresses are as outspoken as you are about beauty and self-esteem.
TER: Getting to a place where I am comfortable saying things was hard-earned for me. I’ve chewed on the ground glass of my own experience. I saw Gloria Steinem speak, and I was just like, Shut the front door. She was saying that she didn’t come into her own until her 40s, and she was asking herself the question, Why should she have to get married? And I just thank God someone asked that question, right? I think we’re the first generation of women asking ourselves certain questions and deciding for ourselves. Do you know how long it takes to find a good pair of jeans? Do you know how many stores you have to go to, to buy a pair of fuckin’ jeans? You might shop for months and not get a good pair you like. But you think it’s easy to find a husband? We shouldn’t be shaming women who haven’t found their match. We should say, “Honey, you haven’t found him yet? [You have] adventures ahead of you.” Why can’t it be framed that way?
On stands now!