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Tracee Ellis Ross Calls Out Society's Beauty Standards In A Thought-Provoking Video

"I'm making a comment on our culture. A culture that narrowly defines beauty and this idea that women are only objects."

About a year ago, Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross sat with The Breakfast Club and passionately spoke about what she thinks is society's unrealistic and arbitrary standards of beauty placed on women.

"We have told women that there is a standard of beauty that makes them think they have to do things to themselves that they aren't naturally," Ellis said. "To look like something they aren't naturally as if who they are is not beautiful. So women have been manipulating their hair, their asses their breasts, their lips and all of this for some standard of beauty that is not natural, as if we're these air brushed creatures that are objects for desire and that is not what women are."

Getting wind the video has recently picked up steam online, Ross decided to further expand on the conversation by clearly stating she supports a woman's right to choose, but wonders if women would choose certain routes if society's definition of beauty were different.

"I am an advocate for women having the freedom to choose," the 43 year old actress said. "I don't like the idea that women might be shamed into making choices, or feel shame for the choices they make. I'm making a comment on our culture. A culture of beauty that narrowly defines beauty and this idea that women are only objects and worthy of love if they match up to this ever changing always unattainable, like, arbitrary standard of beauty."

The video posted Tuesday evening (May 3) has been viewed 187,000 times, shared nearly 3,000 times and received about 300 or so comments from women and men praising Ross for speaking out.

Ayneka Crosby commented Ross was able to articulate what's been on her mind for sometime, and is looking forward to whatever dialogue is sparked from Ross' video.

"You have put into words what has been on my mind for a while. I am thrilled a person in the spotlight brought this issue/s to the forefront. I look forward to more discussions on this topic."

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