Tracee Ellis Ross: “You Hire Me, You Hire My Hair”

Tracee Ellis RossTracee Ellis Ross never shies away from a moment to stand up in the name of black women and natural hair. As the daughter of one of the most, if not the most, recognizable icons who rocked her natural curl pattern, Ross has always championed not only self-love of hair but it’s growing popularity on mainstream platforms.

In an essay on Entertainment Weekly, TV’s favorite curly girl discusses the abundance of natural hair on everything from Shonda Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder to Netflix.

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.”

Ross, who showcases a variety of different natural styles, has even been vocal about how important it is to be wearing her own natural hair on primetime TV show, black-ish.


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,” she wrote. “You hire me, you hire my hair and you hire my ass. It’s all coming with me.

Read the full essay on EW.

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