Tracee Elllis Ross is feeling beautiful and confident on the cover of Redbook magazine, but the black-ish actress tells the mag that it was definitely a bumpy journey for her to finally accept herself.
“I’ve always had a somewhat contentious relationship with my body,” Ross explains. “I spent years trying to teach myself to smile in a way that made my top lip look smaller.”
The actress continues, “A lot of that has to do with sexism and racism combined with the ever-changing tides of the culture of beauty. One minute, you’re supposed to be really skinny — the next minute, you’re supposed to have huge boobs. One minute you’re supposed to have no lips, the next they’re supposed to be full. No one can keep up!”
Eventually, Ellis explains, she decided to stop listening to the critics and start listening to herself.