Upscale Cover Girl: Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Love, Booty and Blackness

July 30, 2014  |  

One of our favorite girls, Tracee Ellis Ross, covers the August issue of Upscale and we’re all in on what she has to say about being black, love and that amazing figure she’s doting at 41 years old. The daughter of the iconic Diana Ross has helped us embrace our curvy figures and big hair for years and now she’s back on TV this fall. Ross will have the “mom” title soon on the show “Black-ish” on ABC TV. In her cover story, Ross gives us her 411 on Black-ish, having a rotund bottom and romance.

When asked about her new show, playing Rainbow Johnson, the mother of four and wife of Anthony Anderson who’s having a cultural identity crisis – Ross had this to say:

“The beauty of the show is that it’s just a family comedy, but it has another layer to it. I don’t know what I necessarily want people to think or talk about after watching it but for me in general with cultural identity, racial identity and feminist identity, dialogue is important. People communicating in a light and open way about issues that have a lot of depth and weight to them is a great thing.”

And Tracee has been known to delve into such topics on her site, where she not only talks about her luscious curls and beauty, but also well-being and women’s issues. One woman’s issue you can hear Ross speak about often is accepting and celebrating our bodies.

When asked about loving her body, the frank and funny Ross, kept it very real:

“I’m proud of my body—I work very hard to keep my body at 41 years-old, because my booty could drop… Gravity is not a joke.”

Ms. Ross’s curves have been the envy of many women (raises hand, does a few squats) and loved by a few special men. Ross ended a relationship with ex-beau Bu Thaim last year, but we’re sure she’s happy single or dating and had this to say about romance:

“Any one rule [as it pertains to romantic relationships] that people think works everywhere is just not true. In general, with everything it’s an intimate discovery of trusting yourself and allowing yourself the room to have curiosity about life and self.”

As she often does, Tracee also gave us a few things to think about when is comes to Blackness. When asked what it means to be Black, she responded with questions we could all use some time pondering on.

“What is blackness? What is being black? Who defines that and do we need to define that? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions but I think these are the conversations we’re all still having,” said Ross.

We love Tracee’s ability to pop in and out of conversations from beauty to blackness and look forward to seeing her in ABC’s new show “Blackish.”


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