Tracee Ellis Ross Covers Porter Magazine’s Latest Issue
American actress, Tracee Ellis Ross features on Porter magazine’s latest issue sharing her views on finally facing her fears about music, her role in the upcoming High Note; the impact her mother had on her, what fashion and beauty means to her, and many more.
According to Rossy, Fashion has played an equally important role in her life. It’s only now that she’s able to articulate the powerful impact watching her mother transform into “different versions of herself” had on her. Clothing, hair, and makeup were not part of the male gaze for her mom. Her mum owned her sensuality and her s3xu@lity in a way Rossy found empowering because it wasn’t about ‘look at me’, it was about, ‘this is me’.
She revealed that her next agenda in 2020 is executive producing and providing the voice in a spin-off of cult MTV animated series Daria, about her friend Jodie. Daria is a metaphor for what’s happening right now to take the sidekick black girl and allow her to move into the lead position to tell her story, and unveiling more products from her hair company, Pattern.
Rossy’s hair company was founded last year, actualizing her 10-year dream of launching haircare, to meet the unmet needs of the curly, oily, and tight-textured community.
On her iconic speech at the 2017 American Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit
.. she addressed people’s response to her as a woman over 45 who is not married and is without children, coming to the powerful realization that “my life is mine”…We are told that our lives are not ours. We are taught and cultured in that way.”
“It’s one of the reasons I feel so strongly about telling the stories that I tell. I wish I had known there were other choices, not just about how I could be living, but how I could feel about the way my life was. I was raised by society to dream of my wedding, but I wish I had been dreaming of my life. There are so many ways to curate happiness, find love, and create a family, and we don’t talk about them. It creates so much shame and judgment.”
People misinterpret being happily single as not wanting to be in a relationship. Of course, I want to be in a relationship, but what am I going to do? Spend all the time that I’m not [in one] moping around? No. I’m going to live my life to the fullest and I’m going to be happy right here, where I am.
On the atmosphere on the set of ‘The High Note’
“We are all very strong, opinionated, clear-minded, hard-working women who cared a lot and invested a lot in what we were doing,” she continues of the atmosphere on set. “I’m mindful of not saying what it’s like working with women because it’s like saying what it’s like working with men or why you don’t want to work with women. What I know is that it was a great experience and I was really grateful.”
She was captured in looks that were in her wheelhouse. from joyful looks by Balenciaga and Christopher John Rogers, to statement Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Loewe, A.W.A.K.E Mode, Richard Quinn, Emilia Wickstead and jewelry from Katkim and Laura Lombardi.
She was styled by Solange Franklin, had her hair done by Nai’vasha at The Wall, her makeup by Samuel Paul at Forward Artists, directed by Phil Buckingham and photographed by Olivia Malone. Other credit goes to Maho Tanaka, Hannah Krall, and Sharda Fahmel.
Read the full cover story on www.net-a-porter.com