The daughter of one of Motown’s most revered legacies, Tracee Ellis Ross is as close to a #bosslady and our #womancrush as anyone can get! A bonafide rockstar with endless wit, sassy comebacks, and a mane of proudly natural hair, Ross is 100% herself, and unabashedly so. How can you not admire that?
Her comedic and acting chops have turned heads and awards world over, but what we most cherish Ross for is her keen advocate spirit and effervescence that she uses to champion self-love, self-care, and self-acceptance.
And you don’t have to look too far to see evidence of her crusade; just take a look at her recent speech at Glamour’s 2017 Women of the Year Summit, where she revealed how she responds to naysayers who belittle her achievements. Guess even someone as perfect as Tracee Ellis Ross has detractors; celebrities, they’re just like us, am I right?
Speech aside, here are 10 other things she’s said that make us look up to her just a little bit more!
Wisdom means to choose now what will make sense later.
As a younger person, my philosophy was jump off a cliff. I realize now that there are stairs and elevators. I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me. I can even ask for help! Not feeling that I have to know everything, and that’s where the growth comes in, in the not knowing.
I’m trying to find a little joy and happiness, a lot of giggles – and maybe some pretty shoes.
Perfect is not the goal. The beauty (is) in the humanity. All of it. I actually believe that the goal is not always grace and dignity, but selfhood. We should all do what we can in our daily lives to remember that we are glorious and powerful and more than enough, as women of colour and as humans.
On Small Successes
For all of the women that are swimming upstream in our culture of expectation, inequality, sexism and racism, my hope is that we will gloriously allow ourselves to be ourselves and to become limitless. The picture is changing. The template is expanding, because of us. We are at a time where our own freedom only needs a gentle touch to be awakened. … I don’t always feel fierce and fearless, but I do feel like I’m a rock star at being human.
I like to choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.
On Finding Onself
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.
The real lesson is, is that you can own your own sense of beauty. It doesn’t have to be something you get from somewhere else
I love being a woman. I love playing a woman. I love being a whole and full woman. I am more than my parts, and we all are. And we all, as women, need to continue to change our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing. We are full and beautiful women. And let us live in that.
On Leaving A Legacy
I hope they look at me and think, ‘That lady looks like she accepts herself’
I love my hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured, it’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.