“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross covers the September 2019 issue of ELLE Canada magazine photographed by Nino Muñoz and styled by Elaine Jyll Regio.
How would you describe your style?
“I genuinely lean toward what makes my heart sing. It changes every day. Sometimes I’m one person; sometimes I’m another. But I know—I know when a script is for me, when an outfit is for me. When I get dressed, sometimes I say ‘That’s it! Okay, that’s right!’ out loud.”
Is your love of fashion innate? I assume you were mining your mother’s closet from day one?
“Obviously! But, yes, I came out like that. There are pictures of me from before I could talk, naked, wearing Mom’s high heels. When my mother was onstage, I used to hide in the quick-change booth, and after the curtains went down, I would collect the beads that had fallen off the gowns, separate them by colour and put them inside those little cases that film used to come in. I loved it all. In hindsight, I now know that I [grew up watching] a woman in her full power and glory, who utilized her agency. And that’s what clothing, style and fashion represented to me—a uniform for greatness. Your clothing can change your narrative and reframe circumstances, and it can be a visual marker for a larger conversation. That is why it has that meaning in my life.”
Hair: Larry Sims
Makeup: Lisa Storey
[Photo Credit: Nino Muñoz/ELLE Canada Magazine]