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Tracee Ellis Ross: How am I supposed to look?

Published 18/09/2015

Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross has condemned the frequently changing beauty standards in Hollywood.

(Cover) - EN Star Style - Tracee Ellis Ross wonders how anyone can adapt to rapidly changing beauty standards.

The 42-year-old Black-ish actress is the daughter of legendary singer and beauty queen Diana Ross.

And even though Tracee has been exposed to glamour throughout life, she remains bemused as to why some people are obsessed with the way they look.

“One minute we’re supposed to be flat-chested, the next we’re supposed to have big butts. Who the f**k can keep up,” she noted in the October issue of America’s Glamour magazine. “It’s a different picture every day, and it teaches us to be so focused on achieving the standards other people set that we have no time left to put toward giving ourselves the life we want.”

Tracee has been criticised in the past for her slender physique, but she has learned to accept her body despite other people’s opinions.

However, as the star advances in age, she is definitely noticing a huge difference in how dietary habits impact her form.

“I’ve always had a thin frame, but when you hit 40 and eat French fries three days in a row, it’s like, ‘What happened,'” she shared. “There are things about my body that I don’t love, but I’m not trying to look perfect every day — I’m trying to look like me!”

Tracee believes feeling liberated when it comes to wardrobe choices is a rule of thumb.

But she resents the process of objectification.

“At the NAACP Image Awards, some guy who’d won made a comment [in his speech] about his girlfriend’s ass and what she should wear so that people could see her ass. It was infuriating,” she recalled. “I don’t shy away from my sensuality as a woman — I was in a very sexy dress that night — but it doesn’t define me. So when I accepted my award, I felt compelled to say: ‘I am more than my parts, and we all are.’ I want my body to be beautiful, but our bodies are not objects.”

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