Tracee Ellis Ross is July’s Cover girl for Vanity Fair, and like always, she is a Sparkling beauty. The past year has been filled with Bold moves and having serious, meaningful conversations. From delivering an amazing TED Talk on Female Fury to a Black-ish salary negotiation and directing her first episode of the award-winning show, Black-ish.

On Black-ish, Ross plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson, mother of Five children, a role that has gotten her multiple awards. Being pregnant for a large part of Season 4 of the show had people asking Tracee all sorts of intrusive questions about her personal life. To this, she says

“I literally have said to people, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you just get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus? What are you doing in there? And why are you asking those questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?’ Part of what patriarchy has created for women is this siloed-off experience, with one answer for what a good life looks like.”

Ross talks about growing up in a family like hers, being the daughter of music Icon Diana Ross, and the various influences that have shaped her into the woman she has evolved into.

Ross, conscious of her role in shaping culture, is very appreciative of it. “We know that storytelling changes how we see ourselves and how others see us. There’s evidence of this. These things make a difference. They’re not for naught. Do I think that television is changing the world? Yes and no. There’s a tilling of the soil that occurs.”




Photography by Lauren Dukoff. Styled by Ryan Young. Hair by Marcia Hamilton. Makeup by Lisa Storey. Set Design by Lauren Machen. Produced on location by Connect the Dots.

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