Tracee Ellis Ross Chats About Growing Up With Diana Ross as Her Mom

Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross Chats About Growing Up With Diana Ross as Her Mom

The actress says her mom was glamorous, but “also really real.”

Published February 3, 2015

We absolutely love Tracee Ellis Ross. We love her style, her attitude, and the fact that she was raised by the great Diana Ross and still managed to maintain this down-to-earth vibe about her. In a recent interview with the New York Times, the Blackish actress took some time to talk about what it was like to grow up under the limelight with her famous mom.

“Well, my mom was very glamorous, but that was her work world. Our home was filled with beautiful things,” she said. “My mom had beautiful clothes; my mom is elegant; my mom is glamorous. But my mom is also really real, and I grew up with a mother who had babies crawling on her head and spitting up on her when she was wearing gorgeous, expensive things, and it was never an issue.”

One thing Ross inherited from her mom was a love for her natural curly hair. Ross has never been shy about embracing her natural look on the show, and she says the crew schedules in her scenes around her hair styles.

“I play a doctor, so my hair has to be back when I’m in scrubs. I wouldn’t be at the hospital with my natural big hair out, so I usually have a bun,” she said. “They try to schedule a lot of those scenes in the same day, so we don’t have to go from having my hair out to having it in. You can’t go from a bun to out and expect to look gorgeous.”

Ross might have grown up in the spotlight and with her “glamorous” mom, but she has never felt any pressure to conform to any Hollywood standards. Not only was she forced to create her own idea of beauty for herself because “the standard of beauty has not necessarily had the space for different definitions of beauty,” she said. She also shunned the idea of perfectionism.

“I mean, I’m sorry, for me, Spanx don’t feel good. I’ve tried one of those waist-trainer things on — that hurt like the bejesus,” she said. “I could barely get it closed, and I bought the size bigger than they said I should buy. I mean, this [expletive] hurt. I couldn’t wear it for longer than 10 minutes. People are sleeping in them!”

If you can’t get enough, click here to read her entire interview. always gives you the latest fashion and beauty trends, tips and news. We are committed to bringing you the best of Black lifestyle and celebrity culture.

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Written by Dorkys Ramos


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