Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tracee Ellis Ross on the April 2017 Cover of Health Magazine

Tracee Ellis works her frame on the April 2017 cover of Health magazine. On the cover which was shot by James White, Tracee is rocking a CHRISTOPHER KANE sweater and a NORMA KAMALI bikini top and bottom. In the issue, she talks her health regret, her love of cheese, how her style evolved and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Tracee's feature, visit Health.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.

BalTogs unitard

On the thing she takes from her Mom(Diana Ross):
My business mind, my work ethic. And I got her courage—courage of self, courage to be who I am. My mom is like that: Who she is is who she is. I got it from seeing her do it—seeing a woman unapologetically being herself and it working. There was no shaming of me being me. I had to work on that a lot, because I'm a large personality, so I had to own my specificity and love it. But the example of what that can look like—I see it more and more—I got from my mom. I love getting older!

On her health regret:
I don't know if I have any. I'm not a smoker, I don't drink coffee, I've never tried pot. I tried coffee once in high school, and it was a bad thing.

On loving cheese but not eating:
Because I have a rule about eating. It has to pass two tests: Not only taste good in my mouth, but it also has to feel good in my stomach. So a lot of foods that are good in the mouth, 10 minutes later? I'm cursing myself. Potato chips don't do that, french fries don't do that—they're fattening as hell, but whatever. But cake? I feel bloated, I get, like, hives from the sugar, and I feel like I'm having an anxiety attack. Ice cream? I can't swallow; I feel like I have glue in my mouth.

On how her style evolved:
I've always dressed the same way. I love a slim-fitted blazer, a high-waisted trouser. I love dresses and sweatpants. I think less is more, simple is good, and black is always key. It makes anything look good—even sweatpants! Put a fancy jacket over it, and no one will know.

On what she loves about her butt more now versus in her 20's:
I love my butt in a way I didn't growing up. I really didn't like it growing up. It was so much bigger than everyone else's, and I wanted jeans to look the way they did on everyone else, and mine didn't. I've been—to a certain extent—at odds with my body for many years, wanting it to be something other than it was, wanting myself to be something other than I was. Then, in my 30s, I started to get comfortable with the largeness of my personality. The same thing with my butt. I tried getting really, really skinny, and I learned that no matter how thing I got, I was still gonna have a butt.

On the message she will send her 30 year old self:
Hang in there. It's not gonna be what you expect, but in some ways, it's so much better. Life is not a fairy tale. It's a little sobering, but it's quite wonderful. This is me. This is who I am. I'm not 22, and I don't look like I looked when I was 22! So love the body you got now, because in 10 years, you're gonna be wishing that you had it.

Credit: Health Magazine

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