This Is Why Tracee Ellis Ross Shot Her Own ‘Glamour’ UK Cover

Tracee Ellis Ross X Glamour UK October 2019
Photo Credit: Tracee Ellis Ross

As our unofficial bestie in our heads, Tracee Ellis Ross continues to serve us with more beauty and life goals than we can muster. Besides giving us life on Black-ish and producing Mixed-ish, she’s given us the blueprint to perfect curls with her natural haircare line Pattern, slaying every red carpet she touches and being her best self ever.

[SEE ALSO: Tracee Ellis Ross Just Launched Her Own Natural Haircare Line — And It’s Coming To Ulta]

And now, we’ve discovered the newly minted beauty mogul’s selfie game is just as major. So much so that she shot her own digital cover for Glamour UK — and did her own hair and makeup. And she shot it on an iPhone using a basic remote control.


Tracee Ellis Ross X Glamour UK October 2019
Photo Credit: Tracee Ellis Ross

“For my @glamouruk October 2019 digital cover story, they asked me if I wanted to take the pictures myself. Of course, I said yes and asked if I could also do my own hair and makeup,” she wrote on IG. “They agreed. I love the idea of taking ownership over my own ‘beauty.’ It was a serene experience to create images that reflect how I like to see myself.”

It’s nothing less than we’d expect from the beauty who consistently regales us with the joys of Blackness, kinky curls and over-the-top ensembles that keep us gagging!

Tracee Ellis Ross X Glamour UK October 2019
Photo Credit: Tracee Ellis Ross

Speaking of lewks, while she was her own personal glam team, award-winning Law Roach draped her in couture fashions from the likes of Valentino and Isabel Marant.

Tracee Ellis Ross X Glamour UK October 2019
Photo Credit: Tracee Ellis Ross

Inside, she talks taking control: of her image, her beauty and the kink of her curls.

On falling in love with her hair;

“Oh, there was no ‘eureka’ moment. When I was going through all of that I didn’t have an understanding of the larger cultural context; I didn’t understand that the culture of beauty and the industry of beauty was actually specifically leaving me out and not celebrating me.”

On the journey:

“I grew up around hair, I mean, look at my mother! I look back on photographs of myself when I was young [with big hair] and I think gosh, I took the long route to get back there.” It was an “extraordinary journey of healing, self-acceptance and understanding that it’s not something wrong with you – the messages and the images are just not supporting you.”

Click through for more images from her selfie shoot.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.