Magazine article Variety

Fashion Flashback

Magazine article Variety

Fashion Flashback

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When "Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross became the first black woman nominated for a lead comedy actress Emmy in three decades, her style choices carried extra significance. "I was keenly aware that my dress would act as a tangible, visual marker for the larger story - my dress would frame me in history," says Ross, who cites her "epically herself" mother, Diana Ross, as a fashion influence. "But I get my inspiration everywhere - from trees to art to magazines to history. I am inspired by men, women, music. I am a lover of boldness, courage, freedom and joy, and it all informs how I adorn myself."

2015

Making her Emmy debut for the ABC comedy, Ross presented with onscreen husband Anthony Anderson. "We were the first presenters of the night so I wanted something that was easy to walk in, not too fussy or cumbersome," says Ross, who loved the color, corseting and discrete details of this Zac Posen gown. "There was a freshness to that dress that really expressed how new it all felt. I was taking part in an environment that I had dreamt of and the softness of that color and the sweetness of the dress really captured what I was feeling."

2016

"The fact that I was one of only five black women ever nominated in the lead actress in a comedy category, the first in 30 years, and that there had been only one win by Isabel Sanford 35 years prior definitely carried a very particular weight," says Ross. …

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