“From Girlfriends until now, what I see out in the world gives me courage to be myself. Seeing the way @saintrecords wears her hair, I’m like, ‘This is so beautiful.’ Back in the day, Black girls on TV who were wearing their hair in its natural texture were like five. @realraedawnchong was the first one I ever saw. My mom @dianaross, yes, but Rae Dawn Chong, @officiallisabonet, @iamcreesummer, Lisa Nicole Carson, that’s all I saw.” For @traceeellisross, being a TV star has always come with a sense of responsibility—a single hairstyle choice has the power to shift public perception and personal narratives. It’s a sentiment she shares with @kerrywashington who adds, “I’m really grateful that we, actresses and hair stylists and artists, have all been revealing more of our authentic, natural beauty. That we’ve made those choices on red carpets and on covers and TV shows. When I see you do it, it makes me want to do it more.” For their full conversation, head to the link in bio.
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