Rashida Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross & Connie Britton for Good Housekeeping Magazine

Posted on April 11, 2017

Rashida Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross & Connie Britton cover the May 2017 “Beauty” issue of Good Housekeeping magazine photographed by Brian Bowen Smith.

On her awkward teen years: “Between 12 and 15, I was emotional, chubby and awkward. It was puberty and I was a work in progress. Thankfully I got to do that privately. It sucks now that kids have to decide how to represent themselves publicly at such a young age.
On her famous parents and being raised around other mixed-race families: “My mom is a great beauty, but also a deep well of curiosity. My parents taught me who to be…they worked hard to make sure my sister and I saw people like us. A lot of family friends were mixed-race couples. I picked well! My parents are beautiful inside and out.”
On Hollywood’s tough standards for beauty: “I don’t like the idea that there is so much pressure on women to look a certain way in Hollywood. There are times when I feel myself buckling under it.”

How mom Diana Ross was her role model for female empowerment: “We are the first generation of women who can choose the lives we want to live. I had an extraordinary role model in my mother [singer Diana Ross]. She supported me in moments of disappointment and supposed failure from a standpoint of empowerment, not victimhood…partly because of that, I was able to design the life I wanted to have and feel empowered to be the woman I want to be.”
On celebrating curvy women as sexy: “I remember being very excited by Jennifer Lopez’s body. It was the first time I saw a woman with a similar shape to mine being celebrated as sexy… [growing up,] I was obsessed with Madonna, with Christy Turlington. I identified with all these supermodels who were super thin and didn’t have the curves I had. I was raised not to judge a book by its cover, so I wasn’t focused on the fact that I didn’t see a lot of people who looked like me. In hindsight, I understand how it affected [me].”
On the importance of inner beauty and self-love: “There are times I put on tons of makeup; there are times I don’t. The larger conversation is about the idea that we have to manipulate ourselves to be lovable and worthy. My life has worth because of who I am as a human being, not because I am an object of desire. I’d love to be in a delicious, romantic relationship, but it is not the point of how I choose to look or feel beautiful.”

How the stigma of not being sexy over 40 is fake news: “People tell me the 50s are the best time – I’m ready! That whole stigma of being over 40 and not being sexy anymore is fake news. We’re more vibrant because we have experience, we know our bodies. I have a friend who says that you always want to make sure it’s your life that you’re living – it’s a constant mantra.”
How losing her parents inspired her to adopt and become a single mom: “I’d lost both my parents within three years of each other. A lightbulb went on: What was I waiting for? I’ve been given amazing gifts.”

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith/Good Housekeeping Magazine]

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