Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Style In VIBE Vixen
I am huge fan of Tracee Ellis Ross. I have two style icons, Nia Long and Tracee Ellis Ross. When it comes to Tracee’s fashion sense, I believe she is one of the the most original in what works well for her personality and body type. Some artist like to be outrageous for the sake of being different *whispers Nicki Minaj* that their style seems inauthentic, and very forced. Tracee Ellis Ross’ on the other hand, her style comes across effortlessly and natural, therefore she appears comfortable in her own skin.
AND…Don’t let me get started on the hair. I love her hair! I am so thankful that Tracee stars on Reed Between the Lines, in family of women with natural hair. So many new natural hair styles to ponder from week to week. Check out what Tracee tells VIBE Vixen about her style, and about her role on the show:
VV: Let’s talk about your style. Before when we spoke, you mentioned that some of the pieces from Girlfriends would find their way into Carla’s wardrobe. What’s the inspiration? Do you work with designers or find things out and about?
Ross: It’s stuff that’s been found out and about. The way I went about Joan and Carla is I always ask myself who this woman is. Every once in a while people say Carla is so much like Joan, and I’m like, ‘People, Tracee plays both people.’ So what you’re seeing that’s the same between Carla and Joan is not Carla being like Joan, but it’s Tracee. Tracee was Joan and Tracee is Carla. It’s so funny people don’t understand that, it makes me laugh.
VV: Do you think The Cosby Show comparisons set the audience expectations too high?
Ross: I don’t know. For some people, it’s a great context to know what the show might be, and for some people, it makes it hard because you’re comparing it to something that you have such a clear idea of. BET seems to be promoting it as the new Cosby, which I don’t think it helpful, and I don’t think makes sense.
The way Malcolm [Jamal Warner] and I have been describing it is that we are in no way, shape or form trying to be a new Cosby Show. What we are doing is taking the recipe of what Cosby did, which was a family show that was timeless and good, and use those elements.
I can’t get invested in whether it hurts the show or not. The beauty of being on BET in this day and age is that on other network they do two episodes and they pull a show from television. Sometimes that’s the greatest thing, and sometimes it just never had a chance to grow. With BET, we did 25 episodes and we’re getting a chance. It’s really wonderful working with a network that wants your show and is behind your show. The audience asked for this kind of show, BET listened and they went out and have gotten behind our show. On other networks, I don’t know if that always happens.
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