Tracee Ellis Ross Says Single Black Women Aren’t Doomed

December 14, 2011  |  

I don’t think there’s a single person who doesn’t love Tracee Ellis Ross, and she’s given us more reasons to love her in the next issue of Vibe Vixen.

Covering the December/January issue, Tracee talks what it’s like to produce and star in “Reed Between the Lines,” How her personal style differs from her beloved Joan and Carla characters, and why there’s hope for single black women.

Here’s a snippet:

On whether it’s difficult to produce and act

“I wouldn’t say difficult, but it definitely makes for a long day. But it is the kind of full plate that I adore. I adore this kind of work and it’s very rewarding. The producer role very much plays into the kind of person I am. In the evolution of my career it is a really exciting step for me because I am the kind of creative person that has a real opinion about the kind of images that I want to portray and want in the public in general.”

On the style of Tracee vs. Joan vs. Carla

“I am different than both of those ladies. I dress sexier than Carla, meaning I wear more form-fitting clothes. I have a little more edge to the way I dress than both of the ladies. And I dress down way more than both of those ladies.

“Every once in a while people say Carla is so much like Joan, and I’m like, ‘People, Tracee plays both people.’ So what you’re seeing that’s the same between Carla and Joan is not Carla being like Joan, but it’s Tracee. Tracee was Joan and Tracee is Carla. It’s so funny people don’t understand that, it makes me laugh.”

On single black women

“I don’t think anybody’s doomed if they’re single. The only thing that dooms you is if you’re not willing to stretch outside of your comfort zone to try different things.”

Love her. Are you a Tracee Ellis Ross Fan? What do you think of her cover?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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