Black actresses are definitely having a moment when it comes to drawing in audiences for TV shows. From Kerry Washington in “Scandal” to Viola Davis in “How to Get Away with Murder”, shows starring Black women in leading roles are performing well in Nielsen ratings. The Chicago Defender flat out asked in an article on September 24, “Are we living in the golden age of Black television?”
Like “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, fellow actress Tracee Ellis Ross is relishing in the success her TV show, “Black-ish”, has brought her. The show’s popularity across Black and non-Black households has even caught the attention of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. E! Online reports President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are in talks to appear on “Black-ish”, according to show patriarch Anthony Anderson. “We’re petitioning to get Pres. Obama on the show,” says Anderson at the 67th Emmys who shared that the First Couple watches the show. “They love it. We know them so we’ve been dealing with them and their people and hopefully they’ll say yes.”
With its popularity climbing, producers of “Black-ish” even brought in funny lady Wanda Sykes to join the cast this season in a recurring role as Daphne Lido, the ex-wife of Stevens & Lido’s founding partner. Sykes is scheduled to make her debut in early December according to the Hollywood Reporter. While the A.V. Club attributes “Black-ish” popularity to its knack for blending heart and chaos, we at atombash.com are a bit biased and place it on Tracee Ellis Ross.
With her halo of natural curls, glowing skin and hour glass figure, Ross has been the longstanding standard for natural beauty. When it comes to cosmetics, the ex-model keeps it simple with black mascara and eye liner, but plays up her lips with brazen lipstick shades such as red and burgundy. “I’ve been wearing MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick since high school,” says Ross in an interview with LA Times on March 5. “I mix the majority of my lipsticks with Ruby Woo. I don’t like glosses. I don’t like stains. I like full-on, old-school, completely opaque matte lipstick.” Whether she’s the perpetually single lawyer Joan Clayton on “Girlfriend” or flexing as the ultimate career savvy mom, Carla Reed in “Reed Between the Lines” her beauty is always on display. She’s not afraid to play with her natural hair texture, showcasing her lush curls in hairstyles such as top knot buns, tight spiral curls and the ultimate tribute to her legendary lineage (FYI: her mother is singer, Diana Ross)—voluminous loose curls.
But it’s her biggest role as a beauty icon that keeps her on the pulse of pop culture. Her flawless complexion and affinity for wearing a red pout has turned her into a sought after beauty and wellness guru with her fans on Facebook and Instagram. In the same article for the LA Times, Ross shared some of her go-to beauty tips for women who want to embrace their God-given curls. When it comes to her healthy coils, Ross describes it as “high-maintenance, high-return” preferring to use hydrating products and deep conditioning with products that don’t include alcohol as an ingredient. But she admits she didn’t always embrace her locks. “When I was growing up, trying to have hair I didn’t have, straightening it, using heat, I was actually ruining what I was given,” says Ross to the LA Times. “It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept and love what I had.”
As an unofficial member of #teamnatural—her photos regularly pop up under the hashtag on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter—Ross proudly told Entertainment Weekly in an interview last year, “2014 was the year I saw my hair on TV.” One year later in a candid interview with the LA Times, Ross is still conscious of the fact that natural hair such as hers and coarser textures are being shown on mainstream television.
“It seems somewhat trivial when you call it a curly hair movement, but when you look at it in the context of the culture of beauty, and expanding our definition of what is considered beautiful, I think it has a larger impact,” says Ross. “Embracing a larger, more diverse picture of what it means to be beautiful, that curly hair, natural hair, coarser textures, all fall within the context of beautiful. And for that, I am very grateful that’s happening.”
Ross added: “I personally came from a curly hair, big hair, natural hair family. According to my mom, the bigger the better with the hair. I want to look like my mom. So the bigger I can get my hair, the more I look like my mom.”
In honor of actresses such as Tracee Ellis Ross who are embracing unconventional aspects of their beauty such as textured hair and large derrière, we compiled a list of her most scene-stealing beauty moments. Which one is your favorite?
W Magazine Celebrates The ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio And The Golden Globes With Cadillac And Dom Perignon
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 08: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the W Magazine celebration of the ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio and The Golden Globes with Cadillac and Dom Perignon at Chateau Marmont on January 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
46th NAACP Image Awards Presented By TV One
PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 06: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2015 in Pasadena, California.
Los Angeles Special Screening Of “Just Before I Go”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 20: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the Los Angeles Special Screening of ‘Just Before I Go’ at ArcLight Hollywood on April 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
101st Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 25: Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.
2015 ABC Upfront
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 12: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 2015 ABC Upfront at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City.
40th Anniversary Gracies Awards
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 19: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the 40th Anniversary Gracies Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.