Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tracee Ellis Ross on the July 2018 Cover of Vanity Fair Magazine

Tracee Ellis is making waves in Hollywood, fashion and she is the Time's Up ambassador. The 'Black-ish' star is also the July 2018 Vanity Fair cover star. On the cover which was shot by Lauren Dukoff, Tracee is wearing MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION. I have really become a fan of VF magazine since they hired a new EIC who is all about diversity. Under the previous direction, you would have never seen Tracee or even Lena Waithe on the mag's cover. In the issue, Tracee talks the power of culture, her previous hit tv show 'Girlfriends' and so much more. Continue below to read excerpts from her interview and to see more images from her fashion spread. For more on Tracee's feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

Brunello Cucinelli suit; boots by Gianvito Rossi; necklace by Anita Ko.

On her pay disparity with co-star Anthony Anderson:
That was really fucking awkward. I don’t know how that information got out. But I understand the interest because there is a larger, deeper, more important conversation going on that is not about me, but is about people being paid appropriately for their contribution and the work that they do, not because of their gender, race, or anything. And it is a valid, real, important, past-due conversation that should no longer be a conversation, that should just be handled . . . across all industries.

On her mother Diana Ross:
I saw a woman who just was making a path and doing it on her own. She didn’t have hundreds of people doing everything for her—my mom always packed her own bags and cooked our food. She was doing it all and never had the response to me . . . where she was like, ‘Not now, I don’t have time.’ It was very capable, incredibly capable and present at the same time.

On watching female driven shows as a kid:
The combination of humor and glamour, I mean, it’s my parents, right there. There was a recognition and an identification of ‘Oh, my God, that’s me. That’s my tribe. Those are my people.’ It allowed me to be more myself. I was sort of looking at those shows once and I thought, Oh, no wonder I became who I am! So was it in my DNA or was it socialization? I don’t know, but it seems obvious that I would become this lady.

On the power of culture:
Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Wonder Woman—they informed me. No, they were not women of color, but look what’s here now. . . . We know that storytelling changes how we see ourselves and how others see us. There’s evidence of this. These things make a difference. They’re not for naught. Do I think that television is changing the world? Yes and no. There’s a tilling of the soil that occurs.

On her previous hit tv show 'Girlfriends' & hoping that it would advance her career:
When I was on Girlfriends, I thought I would be able to get on David Letterman or Jay Leno or some talk show, and I never—it never happened. After being the lead on a show for eight years that did incredibly well, I thought perhaps the seas might part and I would have my choice and my pick of the litter—no, that didn’t happen. The television industry was a vastly different landscape then, too, one with fewer networks and fewer opportunities for a creative person to blaze her own path. We’re in a very different time now, where you can produce and create—and [Insecure creator-star] Issa Rae is such a great example—but that didn’t exist when I was on Girlfriends. You couldn’t create a show for YouTube and then get it to go on HBO.


Norma Kamali dress; ring by Jennifer Fisher; head wrap by Gigi Burris.

Giorgio Armani

Credit: Vanity Fair

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