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Tracee Ellis Ross: “I am small for people and big for an actress”

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44 year-old Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars in Black-ish, recently opened up to People Magazine about weight fluctuations, style and not being Hollywood thin.

The full story from People:

“I’ve always been connected to the narrative of clothing,” she says. “My mom taught me that you can spend money on nice things if you’re going to use them. For example, I have an Alexander McQueen jacket that I wear with everything, even sweatpants.”

One of the things she has also learned over the years is stop obsessing over her size despite not being Hollywood thin.

“You know, I am not a sample size,” she says. “I am not a model size. I am small for people and big for an actress. My weight fluctuates a lot and I move with it. It is what it is. That’s why I try not to have a relationship with the size that I am.

And she deals with the change in her own unique way. “I actually own my favorite jeans in three sizes—28, 29 and 30,” she explains.

“Depending on how I feel, I always start with the big ones and if I get to go down, great,” she says. “It’s the same thing with dresses and clothing. I want to wear something that makes me feel gorgeous, not that makes me feel self-conscious about my body. Hiding insecurities or putting attention on the stuff that feels good is really the key…”

Ultimately, though, when it comes to picking out her looks, she says “there’s no real method to my madness.” All she does, she says, is “ask what is the best thing out of my closet or the best thing on the rack that makes me feel good and fits.”

More photos of Tracee’s recent looks inside!

 

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  • ule

    She has a nice figure. I don’t like her sartorial choices, though. It’s not that they wouldn’t fit her nicely, because they do, they’re just ugly. The white dress and the casual black outfit look best.

  • Calia

    I love her. Joan Clayton was my neurotic soul sister. She’s great in Blackish and has amazing style.

  • AnonyChick

    I. Love. Her. That is all.

  • CarrieD

    I absolutely agree with everything she said and it’s funny because that’s exactly my M.O. when it comes to shopping and picking what to wear. Except the part where she says you can buy expensive stuff as long as you’re going to wear it. The only designer piece I own is a D&G corset that I’ve never worn and can’t bring myself to give/throw away. I had just had horrible food poisoning for a week (sorry for the TMI), lost almost 15lbs of water weight and that XS beauty only looked good the day I bought it. Such a dumb thing to do.

  • KC

    It’s kind of refreshing to hear an actress note that there is a difference between Hollywood thin and thin compared to the rest of America. Most actresses that are like a 4, 6 or 8 act like they are so relatable even though the average female in America is apparently a size 16 (YIKES!).

    • cheeze.wiz

      I saw that…

  • HB

    I agree about “investment pieces.” And she’s just gorgeous on Blackish. These pulls make me like her more.

  • Jason Downs

    This lady looks identical to my mother, just a tad darker complexion. Beautiful person. I think I like her so much because she reminds me of my mother.

  • Padme

    Haha I totally relate to this. I have jeans in my closet organized by size. They go from 4-12. I usually hover around 8-10 but it fluctuates so much I hate to get rid of the other sizes just in case I need them later.