Tracee Ellis Ross was one of our most beloved television characters growing up with her role as Joan on Girlfriends, but she’s back, and giving us another role to look up to.

As she plays the role of a loving, dedicated mother named Rainbow in the new television show Black-ish, ELLE Magazine is recognizing the reasons why we need to tune in every week.

The magazine recruited Tracee for their Women In TV 2015 issue, where she poses in all white for her spread in the upcoming issue.

In the interview, she discusses how there is a lack of “black experience” in society today, and how this show could help bring that to life again.

She said in the interview:

“In 1950, the black experience was specific,” says Ross, a former model who is the daughter of Diana Ross and Robert Ellis Silberstein. “But in this day and age, it isn’t. Race, culture, family, socioeconomics, tradition—we’re pulling from all those places to pull the whole conversation forward.”

She also talks about how her marriage to Anthony Anderson’s character on the show, as well as being a mom on TV:

“Somehow in TV, marriage has gotten a bad rap,” Ross says, “but his antics and insanity are what she finds charming.” And it’s in playing the straight man that Ross’s wry delivery really resonates. “For most people, the show jogs personal memories. It’s not, ‘Oh my God, that was so funny!’ It’s, ‘My mom was just like that!’ She just has a life that’s full, but not to the point of complaint. She’s got all the pots on the stove, and she’s enjoying it.”

Tracee is definitely a role model for any woman, and we love seeing her progress more and more!


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