Tracee Ellis Ross is many things. An actor. A fashion icon. An activist. Daughter of a music legend. But to me she represents so much more. Tracee is the physical embodiment of true joy and self acceptance. She is so wholly herself that she takes on a magnetic quality, drawing you in and making you yearn for more. She is silly and funny and sexy and beautiful and carefree. With her big hair and her big personality, she gloriously owns her space with compassion and authenticity in a way that makes her feel accessible yet otherworldly.
“My goal is to make space for my self hood. All of it. All of me. Not just the parts I like, or the parts that I think that others like. But all of it. I am committed to bringing human back.”
Tracee inspires me to embrace myself, in all of my awkwardness and imperfection and celebrate myself. Watching the way she moves through the world reminds me to hold on to my inner child and to enable her whimsical nature, to not let the invisible shackles of adult conventions keep me from living a joyful and adventurous life.
“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”
PS: Check out Tracee’s speech at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards & if you’re not already following her on Instagram, then you are seriously missing out!
[Images c/o Tracee Ellis Ross]