Eva Longoria: ‘Directing is a challenge’

Eva Longoria has found directing to be very challenging.The Desperate Housewives actress, who first tried her hand at directing with episodes of TV shows such as Black-ish and Jane the Virgin, is making her feature film directorial debut with the comed…

Eva Longoria has found directing to be very challenging.

The Desperate Housewives actress, who first tried her hand at directing with episodes of TV shows such as Black-ish and Jane the Virgin, is making her feature film directorial debut with the comedy 24-7, which she will follow up with biopic Flamin’ Hot.

Longoria has found directing to be difficult, so to aid the process, she has surrounded herself by the best possible crew.

“Directing is a challenge — period,” Longoria told Yahoo Entertainment. “You have to be prepared no matter who you are, male or female… there are so many obstacles women face — second-guessing and sexism still persists… you just got to hire the right people to surround yourself with. I’ve had amazing experiences with (directors of photography) and crews supporting me. But I know that’s not universal. And I’ve heard those horror stories.”

Flamin’ Hot is a biopic about Richard Montanez, a Mexican immigrant and former janitor at Frito-Lay who invented the spicy Cheetos flavour and worked his way up the business.

The 44-year-old explained that she wanted to direct the project because it is important for her to represent the Latinx community onscreen.

“I got the job because I was prepared and I was authentic with my point of view,” she continued. “Richard Montanez’s story is my story. And it’s many people’s stories. When people say, ‘…you know, people who look like you won’t get the shot,’ that’s when you try harder. I really loved that aspect of it. And I think they respected my point of view and how I wanted to make the movie.”

Longoria is also producing and starring in 24-7 alongside Kerry Washington. It follows a group of accountants who band together to solve a fraud case.

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Tracee Ellis Ross once sought out Naomi Campbell for advice as a young model

Tracee Ellis Ross once sought out Naomi Campbell for advice prior to a major fashion show.The Black-ish actress, who is the daughter of music icon Diana Ross, worked as a model in her late teens before making her big-screen debut in 1996 film Far Harbo…

Tracee Ellis Ross once sought out Naomi Campbell for advice prior to a major fashion show.

The Black-ish actress, who is the daughter of music icon Diana Ross, worked as a model in her late teens before making her big-screen debut in 1996 film Far Harbor.

Reflecting on her modelling career during an interview with Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night, Tracee noted that she walked the runway in both of Thierry Mugler’s iconic early 1990s runway presentations during Paris Fashion Week, but was so anxious about one of the skimpy outfits the designer asked her to wear that she raced over to Naomi for her thoughts.

“I did the first year, the Butterfly (collection) year, and then I went back the second year with the motorcycle (corset) and all that,” she remembered. “I was terrified because my boobies were out, I was 19 years old. I was like, ‘My mom’s going to be furious, I can’t do this.’ So, I went to Naomi Campbell, who is a supermodel, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do, my mom’s going to get so mad at me because my boobs are out and this is the look that Thierry Mugler gave me. And she said, ‘Are you are model or are you a model? I said, ‘I’m a model.’ She said, ‘You wear what they give you.’ So, I was like, ‘Well, then I’ll wear it.'”

And Naomi’s pep talk worked, as Tracee felt a lot more confident once she hit the runway.

“I got to the end of the runway and I opened it up and I shook my t**s,” the 47-year-old laughed.

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Tracee Ellis Ross’s self-care routine involves eating soup and ‘taking lots of baths’

Tracee Ellis Ross has insisted the key to inner peace is eating soup and taking a lot of baths.The Golden Globe-winning actress is a big advocate of body positivity and inclusivity, and recently launched her own haircare line for Afro and curly tresses…

Tracee Ellis Ross has insisted the key to inner peace is eating soup and taking a lot of baths.

The Golden Globe-winning actress is a big advocate of body positivity and inclusivity, and recently launched her own haircare line for Afro and curly tresses, called Pattern.

Despite her busy schedule, the Black-ish star makes sure that she takes time out for herself and told attendees at the recent Summit conference in Los Angeles her top self-care tips.

“I’m huge on self-care,” Tracee confessed. “The amount of output that I do in my career, both now with Pattern and as an actress, and all these different areas, is so big, that the input has to be as well.”

And to avoid burning out, she abides by a strict routine that helps to calm her mind.

“I meditate. I take a lot of baths. I like to eat soup because you’re forced to eat slow; I like to be mindful while I’m doing things,” she laughed. “I don’t have a dishwasher – I wash my own dishes. These are things that tether me to the reality, authenticity, and the truth of my life, that is also my favourite part of my life that gives me this heart that I have.”

Tracee also opened up about her love life and said that she enjoys being single at the age of 47 as it means she can be much pickier with who she chooses to date.

“I am single, and the beauty of that is that I actually get to be choiceful in cultivating those people around me,” she shared.

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Tracee Ellis Ross regrets not accepting her natural hair sooner

Tracee Ellis Ross wishes she’d accepted her natural curls sooner and not tried to fit in with society’s standards of beauty.The Black-ish actress has launched Pattern – a range of hair products which will include shampoos, conditioners and serums aimed…

Tracee Ellis Ross wishes she’d accepted her natural curls sooner and not tried to fit in with society’s standards of beauty.

The Black-ish actress has launched Pattern – a range of hair products which will include shampoos, conditioners and serums aimed at women with curly, coily and textured hair types – after confessing she struggled to accept her hair while growing up.

“Sadly, there were not a ton of images, outside of my family, of people who looked like me,” she told Glamour magazine. “I went through those teenage years when everybody is searching to figure out who they are and all of a sudden become so aware of how they look, how they are seen, what’s cool, what’s in.”

While the star admitted she “grew up around hair” – highlighting her famous mother Diana Ross’ iconic locks – it was not seeing representation in the industry that began her “contentious relationship” with beauty.

“The culture of beauty that was around me… didn’t make space for me,” she considered. “As a result, I tried to beat my hair into submission to do what I thought it should do. I straightened it, I dyed it, I fried it.”

However, Tracee admitted women of colour still face “an underestimation in terms of our worth, our deservingness and our beauty”, she regrets trying so hard to fit in with her peers.

“I look back on photographs of myself when I was young (with big hair) and I think: ‘Gosh, I took the long route to get back there’,” she smiled.

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Tracee Ellis Ross: ‘I used to beat my curls into submission’

Tracee Ellis Ross tried to “beat her curls into submission” when she was younger because she believed her natural hair wasn’t the “right” look. The Black-ish actress took to Instagram over the weekend to post a slideshow of pictures showing her differe…

Tracee Ellis Ross tried to “beat her curls into submission” when she was younger because she believed her natural hair wasn’t the “right” look.

The Black-ish actress took to Instagram over the weekend to post a slideshow of pictures showing her different hairstyles over the years and explained to her followers that it took her a long time to accept and love her locks. Tracee also recalled how she damaged her hair by trying out different ways to relax her curls.

“I can literally chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair. Growing up, society told me there was a right way to wear my hair and a right way to look,” she candidly wrote in the caption. “Those ideals didn’t match what I saw in the mirror, so I tried to beat my curls into submission- putting body lotion in my hair, sleeping in rollers, blowouts, relaxers, texturisers, ponytails so tight they gave me a headache; and I even whipped out an iron (the kind you use for clothes) in an attempt to straighten it that way.

“Trying to make my hair look ‘easy and breezy’, ‘bouncin’ and behavin” actually had the opposite effect (sic). My hair was broken, damaged, and tired of trying to be something that it wasn’t.”

But one day, Tracee, who is the daughter of singer Diana Ross and music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein, finally decided to give up the products and embrace her signature tresses.

“It was a long road to knowing, understanding and, eventually, loving my curls. Now I just let them be the happy little ringlets and zigzags of joy they want to be,” the 46-year-old concluded.

Scandal actress Kerry Washington heaped praise on Tracee in the comments section and said she loves her curls too.

“I love this! And I love you! And MY curls love YOUR curls and I’m so grateful that ALL the curls are all FAB & FEIRCE (sic) & FREE,” she posted alongside a string of heart emojis.

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Tracee Ellis Ross launches haircare brand

Tracee Ellis Ross is launching a range of haircare products for women with curly hair.The Black-ish actress has teamed up with bosses of the Beach House Group to found Pattern, which will include shampoo, three targeted conditioners, a leave-in conditi…

Tracee Ellis Ross is launching a range of haircare products for women with curly hair.

The Black-ish actress has teamed up with bosses of the Beach House Group to found Pattern, which will include shampoo, three targeted conditioners, a leave-in conditioner, and two hair serums as well as a rubber shower brush, hair clip, and a microfibre towel.

“Pattern is about products made by and for us. And it’s about creating a space for a community that exists, to celebrate our beauty and magic,” Tracee told WWD. “I have been marketing my hair since my social media started. It’s such a huge part of my being-ness, of who I am and how I dress myself. Now I have a name for it.

“Most of us in this community have had to become our own experts… we have had to make our own things in our own bathrooms. So to be able to offer a selection of products that work together and support each other is important to me.”

The 46-year-old, who will serve as chief executive officer of Pattern, first came up with the idea in 2008. She has been testing the products for the past two years and also recruited a panel of women with tightly coiled hair to test the samples.

Tracee, who will release videos of her in-bathroom product tests over the next few weeks, recently shared an Instagram post revealing how she would try to relax her curls when she was younger before she learned to embrace her natural hair. She also wants Pattern to help empower women of colour and will be donating a percentage of the product sales to nonprofit organisations.

For the campaign, Tracee tapped three of her family members, who were photographed by Micaiah Carter alongside a diverse group of women.

The products, which are priced between $9 (£7) and $42 (£35), will be available on the Pattern website on 9 September ahead of a release in Ulta Beauty stores two weeks later.

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Yara Shahidi disappointed by make-up artists who don’t cater to her skin tone

Yara Shahidi brings her own cosmetics to photoshoots as not all make-up artists cater for her skin tone.The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been …

Yara Shahidi brings her own cosmetics to photoshoots as not all make-up artists cater for her skin tone.

The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in the new Confident Beauty campaign alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Chinese star Ni Ni.

While Yara chose to team with Bobbi Brown due to the company’s extensive colour offerings in foundation and concealer, she has found that make-up artists don’t always carry the right shades for her.

“I love that more brands are doing this. There have been times when I got out of the make-up chair and my skin looked grey,” she recalled in an interview with U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s why I think every single person of colour usually brings their own make-up kit to set.”

In addition to building a reputation for her fun beauty looks, Yara is quickly becoming one to watch on the red carpet.

Of late, she has sported very glamorous ensembles from a diverse array of designers, including Prabal Gurung, Monse, and Balmain, but when it comes to what she wears when at home, the star prefers a much more relaxed vibe.

“By not showing skin, I’m making a statement,” the 19-year-old insisted. “My clothes need to have movement. For me, fashion is all about joy.”

In addition to appearing in Black-ish, Yara is working on her spin-off Grown-ish, and is voicing a character in animated series 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.

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Yara Shahidi used to groom eyebrows with mascara

Yara Shahidi used to groom her eyebrows with mascara before she discovered brow gel.The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in …

Yara Shahidi used to groom her eyebrows with mascara before she discovered brow gel.

The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in the new Confident Beauty campaign alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Chinese star Ni Ni.

Yara has now also filmed a beauty tutorial for Vogue.com, and in the clip, shared that she was late to the eyebrow game.

“Before I learned that people make products just for brows, I used to just put mascara on my brows,” she smiled, before demonstrating how she uses Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up. “Brushing up brows, which is the one thing that I do every day.”

Yara went on to speak about some of her other go-to products, including SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask and Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation. She also dabs on a little blush before she steps out, but always opts for lip gloss over lipstick.

“I’m a lip gloss person, I’ve always been a lip gloss person. Lipstick is cool (and) all, and sure you’ll see me in lipstick, but lip gloss is really where it’s at. It’s so pigmented and moisturising,” the 19-year-old shared.

Elsewhere in the video, Yara showed fans how she gets creative with her eyeliner placement on her face, and how she finds inspiration in all sorts of sources.

“I always say for beauty icons, of course, my momma, my nanna, were the first kind of representations I had, like what beauty has meant to me but then also just the world at large has been, people from Solange to Angela Bassett, anybody quite honestly. I’m always saving photos; I have a binder on my phone just called aesthetic in which I just save photos that inspire me,” she added.

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Tracee Ellis Ross was transformed into a ‘piece of art’ for Met Gala

Tracee Ellis Ross was transformed into a “piece of art” for her chic avant-garde look for the Met Gala last week.The Black-ish star wore an understand black Moschino gown, with her look completed with an ornate gold picture frame around her face.And wh…

Tracee Ellis Ross was transformed into a “piece of art” for her chic avant-garde look for the Met Gala last week.

The Black-ish star wore an understand black Moschino gown, with her look completed with an ornate gold picture frame around her face.

And while the theme for the annual fashion event was Camp: Notes on Fashion, Tracee’s stylist explained that they decided to go for a more low-key approach to the theme.

“We went camp in a really kind of cerebral, nuanced way. I feel like it’s a very layered thing, and you have to like, think about it when you see it,” Karla Welch told InStyle.com.

The stylist, who also dressed Sarah Paulson, Amber Valletta and Alessia Cara for the high fashion event, further revealed she wanted to show Tracee as a walking piece of art.

“We’re going more… a piece of art, to be honest,” she told the outlet. “It’s how we make ourselves art. For me, camp is a vessel for art, and we took that into consideration. Also, a woman is a piece of art, so there’s something there as well.”

Tracee later posted snaps from the red carpet of her rocking her unique look, and revealed that the inspiration for the picture frame was from American artist Lorraine O’Grady. Her Art Is movement captured images of people attending Harlem’s African American Day parade with framed faces.

“RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE ~ black camp… thank you #lorraineogrady for existing and creating ‘art is’,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Celebrities mark Diana Ross’ birthday with charity T-shirts

A number of celebrities have marked Diana Ross’ birthday by wearing “I’m Gonna Win” charity T-shirts.To help celebrate the Motown icon turning 75 on Tuesday (26Mar19), organisers at Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign have made a T-shirt splashed with the…

A number of celebrities have marked Diana Ross’ birthday by wearing “I’m Gonna Win” charity T-shirts.

To help celebrate the Motown icon turning 75 on Tuesday (26Mar19), organisers at Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign have made a T-shirt splashed with the slogan, with the garment inspired by a similar item once worn by Diana to a charity tennis match.

Proceeds from sales of the T-shirt, which is priced at $35 (£26.50), will benefit Higher Heights, an organisation devoted to getting black women elected to leadership positions in politics.

Among the stars to sport the “I’m Gonna Win” T-shirt was Diana’s daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, with the Black-ish actress posting a clip of herself posing in the number on Instagram.

“IN HONOUR OF MY MAMA @phenomenal.ly recreated this tee in honour of my mama @dianaross’s 75th birthday! Support @higherheights4 in building Black women’s political power by getting this tee at the link in my story,” she captioned the video.

Taraji P. Henson, Mya, Teyana Taylor, Robin Roberts, Angela Bassett, Debbie Allen, and Lena Waithe also showed their support for the initiative by posting about the T-shirt on social media.

In a lengthy note, Lena explained that she was inspired by the way in which the Ain’t No Mountain High Enough hitmaker always pushed boundaries.

“Happy 75th, Ms. Ross!!! (She’s an elder, so that’s how I will refer to her) With grace and glamour @dianarossblazed many trails and proved that a black girl from the projects could take the world by storm,” the Master of None star shared. A win for her was always a win for the culture. So on her birthday I’m rocking a T-shirt by @phenomenal.ly that benefits Higher Heights, which is in the business of building Black women’s political power.”

In addition to the T-shirt, there is also a cap and baby onesie emblazoned with the “I’m Gonna Win” slogan.

Diana also celebrated her birthday with a special event at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, with Beyonce performing an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday during the bash.

“Hooray!! Choosing love and life. 75 is a good number. I’d like to continue feeling good like this forever LOVE appreciation to all,” she posted on Twitter prior to the party.

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