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‘What In the Cookie Monster?’: Tracee Ellis Ross’ Feathery Ensemble Is Met With Mixed Reactions

Tracee Ellis Ross proved to be a fashionable risk taker to millions of her followers on Aug. 2 after debuting a feathery new look.

Ross shared a stream of photos showcasing various angles of the custom blue Bottega Veneta feather ensemble, which consisted of a sequined turtleneck and matching pants.

Tracee Ellis Ross’s latest feathery getup received mixed reviews from fans as they compared her to “Sesame Street” character Cookie Monster. @traceeellisross/Instagram

The 48-year-old said in her caption as she expressed her gratitude to designer Daniel Lee for her “fashion gift,” “BOTTEGA VENETA // DANIEL LEE Thank you for making this fantastical feathery ‘fit for me!!! 🙏🏾💙 I HEART FASHION! I REALLY HEART FASHION GIFTS!! thank u @karlawelchstylist, for always making my fashion dreams come true.”

As fans viewed the “black-ish” star’s photos, many people in the comments sections were at odds about Ross’ new gear, but each response had one thing in common: the “Sesame Street” character Cookie Monster. While several questioned Ross’ fashion sense, others complimented her on her unique taste. 

“I absolutely love, adore, admire, and consistently inspired by you; but the when I saw the fit i thought of sesame street😂😍😂😍 #withrespect”

“What in the Cookie Monster 😩.”

Tracee Ellis Ross. (Photo: @traceeellisross/Instagram)

“If Cookie Monster was a bad b–h 😍😍.”

“Cookie Monster never looked soo good…😂.”

“Channeling inner cookie monster.”

Well before the mixed reactions to Ross’ latest look, the “Girlfriends” star explained during a 2020 interview the importance of fashion and why it was “a form of creative expression.” She told Elle UK magazine, “It [fashion] fed into a persona I put on to cover my insecurities. It was a way to present an identity — if I wore a great outfit, I could conquer the world. When I was a toddler I’d wrap myself in a bedsheet, wear Mom’s heels and become a queen. Now, clothing is a form of creative expression.”

Ross also shared how her mother, legendary singer Diana Ross, played a massive role in how she fashionably presents herself daily. “My mom was extremely glamorous at home, not just on the stage. That’s probably why I never go out in full sweats. During my childhood, she would only wear tracksuits if they were fancy and with high heels.”

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