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‘My First Best Friends’: Tracee Ellis Ross Celebrates Her Sisters with Family Collage

Many people, celebrities included, made sure to send shoutouts to their siblings on the day dubbed National Sister’s Day, and marked on Aug. 7 this year. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross may have missed the celebratory holiday by one day, but she still wanted to honor her sisters.

On Monday, Aug. 8, Diana Ross daughter’s shared a video collage featuring her sisters Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Chudney Ross. Singer Leoan Naess, Diana Ross’s former stepdaughter, and her sister Katinka were also spotted and tagged in the video.

My First Best Friends?: Tracee Ellis Ross Celebrates Her Sisters with Family Collage
L to R. Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Chudney Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Katinka and Leona Naess (Photo: @traceeellisross/Instagram, @leonanaess/Instagram.)

“My first best friends! I love these women. #nationalsistersday,” the actress captioned the video. “(A day late, sorry I took a nap.)”

Ross’ video featured over a dozen childhood photos and other clips of the five sisters laughing, dancing, hugging, singing karaoke and wearing matching dresses.

Rhonda is Diana Ross’ eldest daughter, and her father is legendary Motown veteran Berry Gordy. She was raised by Ross and her first husband, music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein. The two were married from 1971 to 1977, and welcomed daughters Tracee, 49, and Chudney, 46, NYGal reports.

Katinka and Leona Naess are Ross’ stepdaughters from her second marriage to Norwegian tycoon Arne Naess Jr. The duo was married for nearly 15 years and expanded their family with two sons, Ross Naess, 34, and Evan Ross, 33, according to L.A. Times. Naess died in 2004, while mountain climbing in South Africa.

Despite their divorce, Ross was very much in love with Naess when he passed. During a 2011 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she called the late billionaire “the love of my life” and described him as a “special man.”

“It was romantic. It was a wonderful, wonderful love affair,” she continued. “And what did I learn from that…is just that love is everlasting.”

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