I love me some Tracee Ellis Ross like many of us do, not just because of her gorgeous all natural lust worthy hair but because she is straight up, funny and gorgeous.
Tracee has been in the media talking hair lately and we were all over it. In an interview with Entertainment weekly Tracee talked about how excited she was to see ‘her hair’, as in natural hair on main stream television. She discussed one of the most significant moments so far, which was when Viola Davis removed her wig* in the hit TV show “How To Get Away With Murder”. If you need a reminder click here.
She spoke about what she thought about that moment saying:
“I think what is important about Viola Davis taking her wig* off on How to Get Away With Murder is that it illustrates that there is a mask that women are thought to have to wear. For black women, it can be a more complex mask. Our culture has created a very limited view of what beauty is and can be.
I think right now television is one of the places where women are pushing up against that and saying, “You know what? I don’t need to play this game anymore in order to be considered beautiful…What I think is exciting is that to a certain extent, there is a revolution happening where black women are owning their own beauty, despite the standard of beauty that in the past has not had space for it.”
When she was asked about her own natural hair that we see on Black-ish she said:
“I think it’s huge that I’m wearing my natural hair texture on ABC in prime time…I’m very conscious of how I wear my hair on the show, and yet it’s the way I wear my hair as Tracee. You hire me, you hire my hair and you hire my ass. It’s all coming with me.”
Like Tracee we are all excited about what we are seeing on television with regards to natural hair, we might have a ways to go with very textured hair but the hope is that with more and more acceptance we start to see women comfortably wearing there own hair without any weirdness, or blank stares.
Cb Sampson says
THAT’S RIGHT PROUD OF YOU TRACEE SHOW THE YOUNG GIRLS TO BE PROUD OF WHO THEY ARE NATURALLY YOUR HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL SIS
I totally agree with Tracee, HOWEVER ! She is light skinned, the daughter of an iconic diva, & has the type of hair that is more likely to be “acceptable” than the very kinky or highly textured hair most of us have. She is NOT the typical black woman. I look forward to the day when a dark skinned sister with a full blown massive head of type 4 hair &, say the same & be accepted by the industry. Lupita is a good start but she has a close cropped hairstyle. I’m talking about BIG KINKY HAIR This bias toward kinky hair is why Viola Davis’ wig removal scene was so powerful in HTGAWM
Your comment was completely on point. I love the natural hair movement and I love that black women are now flaunting our natural hair without desperately trying to be anything but our true selves. We just need to see more of this onscreen and more on the red carpet (Teyonnah Parris).