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Tracee Ellis Ross Channels Black Excellence On ELLE Cover

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Tracee E. Ross is the state of black beauty according to ELLE USA

According to me, she is the epitome of black girl magic and she just continues to soar to new heights each year that passes.

With a myriad of cult classics under her belt (cue GIRLFRIENDS theme song),

in addition to a string of black-ish, grown-nish, mixed-ish and all other black Hollywood tv hits Tracee stays executing

it’s no surprise that she was tapped  for the ELLE USA cover girl  spot.

This magazine cover was soooo well thought out and took a village of fellow hardworking black females to achieve.

“As a woman, and as a Black woman, advocating for yourself is actually a form of resistance”


In terms of looks, stylist SHIONA TURINI who was the head costumer for Daniel Kaluuya’s Queen &Slim was on fire.

When it came to beauty direction, ELLE’s Chloe Hall was on the beat.

But this was more than a cover, it was also a means of of celebrating the history of black hair.

One notable excerpt from her cover interview (via Zoom) with long time friend Kerry Washington,

Tracee expresses;

“ Braids are not new. Cornrows are not new. Twists are not new. Bantu Knots are not new. If our hair could talk, it will tell you of our legacy.”

See More: Tracee Ellis Ross is a proud black owner of hair care line- PATTERN


“Black beauty is timeless and holds such a story that I am so grateful to be a part of, and continue allowing it to unfold through me”

This ELLE Cover is Much needed in these times and the interview is what every coloured woman needs to read. 

By: Joan K. Vincent-Otiono

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