One thing for sure and two things for certain, if you hire Tracee Ellis Ross you are hiring ALL OF HER. According to the actress, her hair, her ass and everything else is a package deal. In her recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, the star of ABC’s Black-ish dished on how exciting it has been for her to see hair that looks like hers on the small screen this year and what it means for women in today’s culture.
“Our culture has created a very limited view of what beauty is and can be. I think right now television is one of the places where women are pushing up against that and saying, ‘You know what? I don’t need to play this game anymore in order to be considered beautiful.’
Her mom’s signature big hair had a positive impact on her not limiting her idea of beauty.
My mom [Diana Ross] is known for her big hair. So me embracing my big hair was not outside the frame of reference of where I come from. What I think is exciting is that to a certain extent, there is a revolution happening where black women are owning their own beauty, despite the standard of beauty that in the past has not had space for it.
And she is hopeful that women seeing her natural hair on Black-ish every week will inspire other women to embrace their natural hair.
I think it’s huge that I’m wearing my natural hair texture on ABC in prime time. As Dr. Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish, I think my hair is part of the reality of this woman’s life. She has four children and is an anesthesiologist and a wife. She doesn’t have a lot of time to fuss with beauty, so her look is pretty simple. I’m very conscious of how I wear my hair on the show, and yet it’s the way I wear my hair as Tracee. You hire me, you hire my hair and you hire my ass. It’s all coming with me.
I’m a natural hair gal and I will admit that it’s not easy going against what is the cultural norm of women processing and straightening their hair. I share Tracee’s hope that seeing more women embracing their natural texture in Hollywood will have a positive impact what society deems beautiful.