Tracee Ellis Ross, in all her curly haired, bubbly spirited, fashion forward glory will cover the March issue of Uptown Magazine. She discussed everything from her Hollywood career, why she won’t discuss her romantic relationship and her friendship with Kanye.
Check out the highlights below:
On coming out of her shell:
“I was shy, but it came out in a big personality. My turning point was when I let my hair go naturally and I got contact lenses. I am really blind, by the way. I have these big eyes that don’t work!
On her friendship with Kanye West:
“Kanye and I are neighbors [in L.A.], so we would see each other,” says Ross, who also has an apartment in New York. “Then we were introduced by a mutual friend, and he asked me to be in the video for his song ‘The New Workout Plan’. We can talk for hours about fashion. His closet is ridiculous. I will see him, and he will look down and ask, ‘Azzedine Alaia?’ and I am like, ‘Yeah.’ When I showed him the clip of me in the Thierry Mugler show, he was like, ‘Shut the f*ck up! I am obsessed with those two seasons of Mugler,’ he said. “We are good friends.”
On her romantic relationship:
“I am not going to hide my relationship, but I am not talking about it. When you do that, you invite other people and their opinions and issues in. You can’t discover the person on your own.”
On her path through Hollywood:
“I am really happy. I feel like some of the best careers in the industry are 10 years, and I did eight on Girlfriends. I did not know what that meant, and thank God I saved my money. I did not have to audition for Reed, and I am a producer on the show as well, which is very exciting. That’s more of the direction I want to go in. “I have a one-woman show that I am also developing. I thrive with a full plate,” she says. “I have learned that it’s not necessarily about you getting what you want, it’s more about you becoming who you want to be.”