Welcome to the State of Black Beauty, starring icon and @patternbeauty founder @traceeellisross. Spearheaded by digital beauty director @hallchloe along with @girlnamednee and @angellenise, ELLE.com’s State of Black Beauty was conceived in January 2020 as a framework for spotlighting the complexity and splendor of Blackness. As Tracee explains, for too long, “Our beauty was not a part of the standard or culture of beauty. There was no frame to hold. And if there’s no frame to hold the facts, it’s very difficult to hold the facts.” Fact: Black beauty is infinite and cannot be contained to a single issue or month. There is no limit to the stories to be told. We are just getting started. Click the link in bio for Tracee’s full interview with her friend @kerrywashington, alongside a few of our first features that celebrate the joy of Black beauty.