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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Elizabeth Olsen thrilled to land Bobbi Brown Cosmetics campaign

Elizabeth Olsen is thrilled to have been named an ambassador for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.The actress, who is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, had her breakthrough in Hollywood with her role in 2011 film Martha Marcy May Marlene, and has …

Elizabeth Olsen is thrilled to have been named an ambassador for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

The actress, who is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, had her breakthrough in Hollywood with her role in 2011 film Martha Marcy May Marlene, and has since appeared in movies like Ingrid Goes West, Wind River, and the Avengers franchise.

Now, Elizabeth is about to make a splash in the beauty world, with the star announced as one of the new faces of the Estee Lauder-owned company.

“Very excited to announce my partnership with a brand I have always loved @bobbibrown! More to come!! #confidentbeauty #beautytruth#bbambassador,” she captioned a snap from the Confident Beauty marketing campaign on her Instagram page.

The picture shows Elizabeth posing alongside a bottle of Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, with the collection recently expanded to include 12 new shades.

Bobbi Brown’s Confident Beauty marketing will also be showcasing the brand’s Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, with the star adding that she was pleased to be working with a label that shares her own values.

“It’s incredible to be part of a brand that has been so consistent and true to its identity in an industry that’s so inconsistent. Since the ’90s we have seen many trends come and go and come back again, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has always been a timeless brand,” the 30-year-old said in a statement.

For the Confident Beauty campaign, Elizabeth is joined by Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi and Chinese star NiNi. Sandra Main, president of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, explained how proud she is to be working with three women who celebrate individual beauty and female empowerment.

“Remaining true to our brand’s core essence, each of these powerhouse women are emblematic of the modern Bobbi Brown consumer – confident, individually beautiful and defining success on their terms,” she said.

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Eva Longoria making movie directorial debut

Eva Longoria is making her movie directorial debut with a comedy called 24-7.The 43-year-old actress has had a lot of experience directing for television, and has worked on shows including Jane the Virgin and Black-ish, but this will be her first time …

Eva Longoria is making her movie directorial debut with a comedy called 24-7.

The 43-year-old actress has had a lot of experience directing for television, and has worked on shows including Jane the Virgin and Black-ish, but this will be her first time bringing her directorial skills to a feature-length project.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Eva will also star in the film alongside Kerry Washington, while Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has signed on to produce with Jessie Henderson through their Feigco Entertainment banner.

Sarah Rothschild has penned the script, which tells the story of a group of women accountants who group together against a similar male group in their firm in order to solve a fraud case that will save their jobs.

The project is said to be similar in style to 9 to 5, the classic 1980 female-centric workplace comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton.

Eva recently wrapped filming on the movie adaptation of Nickelodeon show Dora the Explorer, in which she stars opposite Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, and Michael Pena.

She also appeared in canine comedy Dog Days and romcom Overboard earlier this year (18), while she also has a role in Jamie Foxx’s indie drama All-Star Weekend, which is currently in post-production and also features Robert Downey Jr., Ken Jeong, Gerard Butler, Benicio del Toro, and Jessica Szohr.

Away from the big screen, the former Desperate Housewives star welcomed her first child in June; a son called Santiago whom she shares with husband Jose Antonio Baston. The couple married in Mexico in May 2016.

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Tracee Ellis Ross hosts AMAs in outfits by black designers

Tracee Ellis Ross made a statement while hosting the American Music Awards by only wearing clothes by black designers.The Black-ish star sported 10 different outfits as she returned on Tuesday (09Oct18) to present the ceremony for a second consecutive …

Tracee Ellis Ross made a statement while hosting the American Music Awards by only wearing clothes by black designers.

The Black-ish star sported 10 different outfits as she returned on Tuesday (09Oct18) to present the ceremony for a second consecutive year.

Tracee collaborated with friend and stylist Karla Welch in order to ensure her wardrobe evoked a message of racial inclusivity, and after introducing some of the performers and nominees in the audience, she explained that the event was “also about clothes” for her.

“I will feature black designers in all of my looks tonight,” she announced to the crowd at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, before joking: “I might finally make it on to the Shaderoom and if you don’t know what the Shaderoom is, it’s the black TMZ.”

Tracee teased that her outfits would have a particular theme before the AMAs took place, telling People magazine that the concept felt special and exciting.

The 45-year-old walked the red carpet wearing a blush Pyer Moss ‘Power Suit’ featuring black lapels, before changing into a navy blue sequin Nicolas Jebran catsuit and floor-length Dapper Dan x Gucci cape to take part in an opening dance routine.

She was also dressed by CD Greene, Shanel Campbell, Sergio Hudson, Claude Lavie Kameni and Cushnie, as well as Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain.

Insecure actress Issa Rae previously adopted the same theme while hosting the CFDA Fashion Awards in June (18), exclusively wearing black designers throughout the evening.

Other fashion highlights of the evening came courtesy of Jennifer Lopez, who wore a plunging pink cut-out gown by Georges Chakra Couture, and mother-to-be Carrie Underwood, dressed in a black velvet dress with gold sequinned detailing. While Taylor Swift, who is now the most decorated female artist in AMAs history, rocked a silver tiled metallic Balmain minidress with matching thigh-high boots.

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Tory Burch designs limited edition T-shirt to encourage voting

Tory Burch has designed a limited edition T-shirt in a bid to encourage more U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.The garment is emblazoned with the word ‘Vote’ in funky multicoloured lettering, and all net proceeds with go towards B…

Tory Burch has designed a limited edition T-shirt in a bid to encourage more U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

The garment is emblazoned with the word ‘Vote’ in funky multicoloured lettering, and all net proceeds with go towards Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi’s Eighteen x 18 youth group and its upcoming summit, which will be rallying young people together from across the nation for its #WeVoteNext Summit in Los Angeles on 29 September (18).

With reportedly just under 37 per cent voter turnout in 2014 – the lowest figure since World War II – Burch was compelled to do something to inspire the Millennial generation of potential voters.

“Voting is an issue I care passionately about. It is a pillar of our democracy and something we can never take for granted,” the designer explained to WWD. “We need to do what we can to ensure that everyone registers and makes it to the polls. I’m thrilled that our T-shirt will benefit Yara’s innovative efforts to bring younger voters into the conversation. It’s not about political affiliation, it’s about having a voice.”

The shirts will be sold from 18 September at $68 (£52), and available to purchase from all Tory Burch stores and via Shopbop.com. It can already be bought from the fashion house’s official website.

Burch has a history of inspiring political participation and has also launched an #ownyourvote social media campaign. Prior to the 2016 elections, the 52-year-old wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal voicing her support of initiatives intended to make voting more accessible. She allows her own employees time away from work so that they can go to the polls, and also encouraged other businesses to adopt the same policy in order to recognise and celebrate the importance of voting.

Last week, the fashion house presented its spring/summer 2019 collection as part of New York Fashion Week, which consisted of neutral shirt dresses and chic striped detailing.

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Yara Shahidi does the robot dance to check her clothes fit

Yara Shahidi thinks dancing is the best way to make sure clothes fit properly.The Grown-ish star has insisted that comfort is key when it comes to her own personal style, and says she feels happiest when wearing a tracksuit and sandals. But whatever th…

Yara Shahidi thinks dancing is the best way to make sure clothes fit properly.

The Grown-ish star has insisted that comfort is key when it comes to her own personal style, and says she feels happiest when wearing a tracksuit and sandals. But whatever the outfit, Yara will always bust a move to see whether the clothes work for her.

“I do the robot dance in my outfits to see if my clothes are too tight, too loose, too long or too short,” she explained to Us Weekly. “If I can’t do the robot, then I know the look doesn’t fit right.

“The test came from trial and error and I know I love to dance throughout the night, so the robot is a nice, concise dance move that I don’t have to look too crazy doing while trying stuff on!”

Though the 18-year-old is a fan of casual dress, and admitted she brings a pair of sneakers to every red carpet event she attends, she still enjoys getting glammed up and is always keep to mix up her looks.

“I like a nice, natural face and when we experiment I like keeping the elements that I love the same, but then having some fun with it. Rather than taking it too seriously, it’s like, ‘Why not do a geometric line on my eye?’ Or one time we lined my lips with silver and did a top knot of curls,” she smiled. “It’s those kinds of things that really allow me to feel like I’m not changing who I am, but just playing with it.”

The actress generally has an “anything goes” approach to fashion, and described herself as “trend adjacent because that way trends can never end and they’re more everlasting.”

However, Yara believes there is one major style sin.

“Unless it’s cultural appropriation, I’m generally like, ‘Cool, do your thing!'” she insisted.

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Yara Shahidi turns to acupuncture and cupping to release tension

Teenage actress Yara Shahidi is encouraging young fashionistas to try acupuncture, revealing the needle point therapy helps her look and feel great. The black-ish star has become one of the most influential young style and health gurus in the past yea…

Teenage actress Yara Shahidi is encouraging young fashionistas to try acupuncture, revealing the needle point therapy helps her look and feel great.

The black-ish star has become one of the most influential young style and health gurus in the past year, and she admits one of the big secrets of her glowing skin and healthy look is acupuncture and cupping.

Raving about the alternative Chinese techniques during an appearance on Access Live on Tuesday (27Mar18), Yara said, “I just started and so far it’s worked really well… It brings blood to the surface and helps release tension. It’s been very cool.”

But she reveals she had to start planning her sessions better, so she’s not marked for awards shows and premieres, where she likes to show a little skin.

“You have to explain the marks wherever you go,” she chuckles.

The cupping marks Yara showed off as she arrived at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday (24Mar18) became a big talking point, as did her pretty polka dot outfit.

The actress insists she doesn’t stress out over what she wears for parties, premieres and awards ceremonies, because she loves fittings with Jason Bolden, who was recently named one of Hollywood’s top stylists.

“Our fittings are so much fun because it is really about finding things that feel like Yara rather than being like, ‘Strategically you should wear this’, or, ‘This is what you should do’,” Yara explains. “It’s really about, ‘What do we wanna do? How do we make it fun? How do we make it enjoyable? How do we make it even (more) impactful?'”

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Tracee Ellis Ross shocked by bizarre age-related skin changes

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is begging for answers about the shocking body changes she’s experiencing at 45.The hilarious Black-ish star reached the age milestone last October (17) and admits she’s confused about the look of her knees and armpits in part…

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is begging for answers about the shocking body changes she’s experiencing at 45.

The hilarious Black-ish star reached the age milestone last October (17) and admits she’s confused about the look of her knees and armpits in particular.

“Let’s talk about certain things that are confusing at this age,” she told Health in a candid chat at a party for clothing brand Chico’s new #HowBoldAreYou campaign in New York City on Monday (12Mar18). “My underarms and the skin around my knees. These are the only complaints I have. And they’re not complaints, but it’s different. The skin is very different.

“They don’t talk about that, and we need to talk about it more. What is happening in this area? It’s fascinating isn’t it? Because the bra is meant to cover this bit, but there is another bit. There is a whole other bit.”

To combat sagging skin and cellulite in her 40s, Tracee swears by a trendy new beauty technique – brushing her skin in a rhythmic motion with a dry brush.

“You should dry brush,” she added. “Dry brushing is very good for circulation and cellulite.”

Although there are new beauty problems for her to address, Tracee feels better than ever and has no problems getting older in the slightest.

“I like being 45, and I like getting older, and I like celebrating that with other women,” she explained. “For me, turning 45, as a young girl, I had this woman that I dreamt of being. I had her in my head and I’d play around with her in my head and with certain people.

“But the gift of age is that you actually get to have the boldness to be that person, to be that woman. And I am experiencing it now. And some of the things that I have discovered in knowing myself is that I actually like myself.”

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