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.
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 normally love everything you wear this one’s not doing it for me reminds me of cookie monster.”
“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 😩.”
“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.”