Tracee Ellis Ross On How Her Famous Mother Influenced Her

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Tracee Ellis Ross praised her mother for encouraging her and her brother.
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Tracee Ellis Ross has achieved a lot in the past few years. She’s starring on the hit sitcom, “black-ish,” which earned her a historic Emmy nomination last year (and another this season)! She’s also become a beacon of fashion, which she happily credits to her superstar mother, Diana Ross.

“I go to my mom’s house,” she told W magazine of raiding the legendary singer’s closet for stylish apparel. “My mom has the most extraordinary taste, top to bottom, whether it’s the dishes or the clothes, from T-shirts to gowns to hats to coats.”

"That's not the Diana Ross people know. That's my mommy." @TraceeEllisRoss has definitive proof that #DianaRoss is the greatest mom of all time.

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“I call it shopping, and to this day whenever I go over to my mom’s, I sometimes look at my brother, Evan, and I’m like, ‘Should we go shopping?’ And I will ask if I can take something and she always says, ‘No.’ My mom will say ‘No’ often. She will give me anything, give us anything off of her back, but sometimes she’s like, ‘For God’s sakes, leave my mirror alone!'”


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While the “black-ish” star’s mom may not always want her daughter wearing her designer duds, she always backs her kids.

“My mom is so supportive,” Tracee said. “I have a really good mommy. She told me I should never cut my hair, and I haven’t cut my hair since.”

“I was raised by a woman who lived out her dreams,” she added. “So, she’s not living them out through me or her children. She really gave us space and the courage to live the lives that we want to be living, and to have time to dream and conjure up the life that I wanted to be living.

“I could really curate or design the world I wanted to be living in.”

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