Tracee Ellis Ross is one of Hollywood’s most entertaining and beloved people and according to her, she doesn't look a “day over 50” (and she’s right). The black-ish star has reached many milestones in her career from starting a hair care line to becoming the first Black woman in 35 years to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical and in October she will be reaching a personal milestone, turning 50.
The Emmy-nominated actress attended the 2022 D23 Expo where she was honored as a Disney Legend. During a red carpet interview with Extra, Tracee opened up about the Big 5-0 and her ageless beauty.
“The secret, water, and lots of laughter,” Tracee stated as the reason behind her youthful appearance.
While she has already fulfilled so much in her life, she is looking forward to accomplishing much more in her next chapter and said that her life is just beginning.
“I’d love to get married, I’d love to write a book, I’d love to do an action movie, I’d love to keep doing movies,” she said.
When asked what criteria she was looking for in a man, the Pattern Beauty founder joked “legends only.” But she also made it clear that she is only getting married if it’s the right person and they can make her life better. And she doesn’t mind waiting.
Tracee has been vocal about living life on her own terms and not allowing society’s ideals about women to influence her decisions. Here are the many times Tracee showed wisdom beyond her years.
“I feel that to a certain extent, we are the first generation of choice for women, who have had the opportunity to actually choose the lives they want to live…. The cultural expectation for women that they are meant to be mothers and married and that that is almost what makes their lives valid creates a scenario that I push up against in general. There’s many places where that happens in our culture that I think are very limiting for women in terms of finding meaning in their own lives.” via Good Housekeeping.
"Listen, learning to be me has been a really long journey. I tried being small and feeling things in little ways. It took me a long time to get to know myself, to accept myself, and even on some days to really like and love myself. And then it took me a whole other load of years to have the courage to actually live in the world as that person. And it’s been trial and error, chewing on ground glass. It’s been a hard-earned journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I mean, I came out of the womb like this. I literally think I was like, 'Woo-hoo! I’m here. What have you got? Let’s go!'" via Harper’s Bazaar.
“I’ve always been excited about getting older. I love getting wiser and having more experience. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have vulnerabilities and discomforts around my age, but trying to pretend or hide the things that I feel insecure or uncomfortable about doesn’t make them any less comfortable, you know?” “Also,” she says, “it’s actually a real honour to get older. Not everybody has that honour, with everything going on in this country, with all of the violence and the children that don’t get to live that long…” via The Guardian.
"My weight fluctuates. I have years where I wear a size 10, and years where I wear a size 4. On Girlfriends I kept complaining to the costumer, saying, ‘The cleaners are shrinking all my clothes.’ Finally she said, ‘I know that’s what you keep saying, but I want to be clear with you: Your body has changed, and we need to buy you bigger clothes.’ It took me out for a minute. In the context of our world, sizes 8 and 10 are teeny, but not for Hollywood. I had to ask myself, Do I want to be somebody who worries about what I’m eating? Or do I want to find a balance where I can be healthy and not consumed by that and maybe have to buy some larger pants? I bought new pants.” via Glamour.
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