Tracee Ellis Ross Redefines Her Idea Of “Perfect” In ‘Glamour’


Don’t be fooled. Even the beautified celebs of Tinseltown feel the pressure to always be “on” when it comes to their looks. Tracee Ellis Ross opened up about the frustrations she experiences with the inconsistencies surrounding the “ideal” woman’s body in the October issue of Glamour magazine.

“One minute we’re supposed to be flat-chested, the next we’re supposed to have big butts. Who the f**k can keep up?” Tracee said. “It’s a different picture every day, and it teaches us to be so focused on achieving the standards other people set that we have no time left to put toward giving ourselves the life we want.”

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Though it’s been a long road for Ross to finally come to terms of not having to fit the picture perfect image that society paints, she admits that still has moments of self-consciousness, something that she said comes with getting used to the changes that occur with age. “I always had a thin frame, but when you hit 40 and eat french fries three days in a row, it’s like, what happened?” the 42-year old Black-ish star said. “There are things about my body that I don’t love, but I’m not trying to look perfect every day. I’m trying to look like me!”

Much like every woman, Ross describes how she’s seen good and bad days when it comes to her body. “My weight fluctuates,” she said. “I have years where I wear a size 10, and years where I wear a size 4.” Back in her days on the hit sitcom Girlfriends, she opens up about when she used to be in denial about her body. “I kept complaining to the costumer [on set], 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.'” That’s when it finally hit Ross. “It took me out for a minute,” she said.

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Citing the expectations from the entertainment industry as her source of anxiety, Ross came to the conclusion that her priorities had to be reevaluated in order to put the happiness of her self-acceptance first. “In the context of our world, sizes 8 and 10 are teeny, but not for Hollywood,” she said. “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.”