Tracee Ellis Ross' outfits must make her 'heart sing'

Tracee Ellis Ross says her red carpet outfits must make her "heart sing".

Tracee Ellis Ross' outfits must make her 'heart sing'

Tracee Ellis Ross' red carpet outfits must make her "heart sing".

The 47-year-old actress loves being able to be "creative" with her fashion choices and she works closely with her stylist to achieve the perfect look.

She said: "I'm partnered with a joyous stylist, Karla Welch. When I have an event coming up, I'll send her inspiration pictures or we'll come up with a theme, but mostly I just wear what makes my heart sing. Clothing for me started out as armour and now it's truly a form of creative expression."

Tracee recently released her own range of hair-care products and admitted the whole thing was 30 years in the making.

She added: "Pattern was 20 years in the dreaming and 10 years in the making. When I first started wearing my hair naturally I, like so many other black women, just let my hair do what it wanted. Then I went through phases of getting it blown out and chemically relaxing it. It's such a regular experience for most of us, particularly because we had a culture of beauty that didn't make space for us. The beauty industry did not see this demographic of people, with curly, coily and tight-textured hair, as a viable or lucrative part of the industry. The products we needed didn't exist and I spent so much time in my own bathroom cocktailing things together."

And Tracee would love to make her new venture into a beauty empire.

Asked if it could be the start of a beauty empire, she told Vogue magazine: "Absolutely! I'm a beauty lover, I love running a business and I love seeing the results of it. Right now, my shower is filled with Pattern products. It's thrilling and there are so many other things that I use in the bathroom that I would love to have the name 'Pattern' on."

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