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Tracee Ellis Ross: “I identified with all these supermodels who were super thin”

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On being represented in the media:

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 makeup versus no makeup:

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.

… says 44 year-old Tracee in Good Housekeeping magazine.

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Nelly
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Nelly

I love this woman, and am so inspired by her!

Rita_7
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Rita_7

WTF did they do to her lower lip in the first pic?? too much lipstick.. looks like a clown!

the other pics are fine

lady
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lady

I really like her. She seems to have an actual brain.

pet peeve
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pet peeve

She looks great for 54. I don’t believe she is 44 though.

Debbs
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Debbs

What she says about J-Lo is the way I felt about Shakira when I first saw her.

christy
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christy

including her own mother, who was a rail!

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