Celebrating Tracee Ellis Ross: An Iconic Career

The actress turns 51 on October 29.

Multi-talented actress Tracee Ellis Ross turns 51 years old on October 29. From her early years as a fashion model to her breakthrough roles in beloved TV shows and her ventures in music and hosting, Ross has carved her path in the industry. 

Let's look at some career moments that define her incredible legacy.

  • Early Years as a Fashion Model

    Before gracing our screens, Tracee Ellis Ross embarked on a successful career as a fashion model, showcasing her unique style and grace on runways and in print. Her foray into the fashion world was an early indicator of her impeccable taste and passion for self-expression through clothing. See her reminisce on her fashion days in the clip above!

  • "Girlfriends"

    Ross was recognized for portraying Joan Clayton in the hit TV series "Girlfriends" (2000–2008). Her performance in the show made her a household name and set the stage for her impressive career in television.

  • "Touch the Sky" with Kanye West (2005)

    In 2005, Tracee made an unforgettable appearance in Kanye West's music video "Touch the Sky" with Nia Long. Her presence in the video added to the track's immense popularity, showcasing her versatility as an entertainer.

  • "Black-ish" Golden Globe Win (2017)

    The critically acclaimed sitcom "Black-ish" earned Tracee Ellis Ross a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy—in 2017. Her performance as Rainbow Johnson received widespread acclaim, and this award was a testament to her acting excellence.

  • Hosting the BET Awards and American Music Awards

    Ross showcased her hosting skills at the BET Awards in 2015 and 2016 and the American Music Awards in 2017 and 2018. Her charismatic presence on stage and ability to engage audiences made her an in-demand host for prestigious award shows.

  • Hosting The Fashion Awards (2019)

    In 2019, Tracee added another feather to her cap by hosting The Fashion Awards. Her impeccable fashion sense and eloquence made her a perfect fit for this high-profile fashion event.

  • "The High Note" and "Love Myself" (2020)

    Tracee Ellis Ross's diverse talents extend to music as well. In 2020, she contributed to the soundtrack of "The High Note" and released her single "Love Myself." These musical endeavors demonstrated her artistic range and creativity beyond acting and hosting.

    Happy birthday, Tracee!

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