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 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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Lizzo eyeing up clothing line

Lizzo has set her sights on making a foray into the fashion business. During a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Juice hitmaker shared that she has been enjoying experimenting with different looks since finding success and wants a fashi…

Lizzo has set her sights on making a foray into the fashion business.

During a recent Q&A at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Juice hitmaker shared that she has been enjoying experimenting with different looks since finding success and wants a fashion line to channel that energy.

“That’s my thing I feel like a f**king princess lately. Now, I love to play with shapes… I love it, I need a clothing line,” she shared, adding that the public are still hung up about her figure. “Don’t ask me what size I am… it is my size.”

The singer/rapper has seen a shift in the way the fashion industry accepts women with fuller figures in recent years, a far cry from the days she would borrow men’s clothes because she didn’t feel comfortable with the selection of outfits available.

“I would borrow guys’ clothes and wear flannel,” she commented. “I’ve learned a lot from my team. Like, look at Diana Ross … look at Cher, and I now say, ‘Yeah, let’s do that s**t!'”

Lizzo now takes more pride in her outfit choices, quipping: “I want Kate Moss to look at me and say, ‘Damn, where you got that dress?'”

Previously, the 31-year-old opened up about her work in promoting body positivity and noted that she finds it odd when people label her as “brave” for loving and embracing her figure.

“When people look at my body and be like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so brave,’ it’s like, ‘No I’m not.’ I’m just fine. I’m just me. I’m just sexy,” she shared in a chat with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I don’t like it when people think it’s hard for me to see myself as beautiful. I don’t like it when people are shocked that I’m doing it.”

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Andra Day to portray Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels’s biopic

R&B star Andra Day has been cast as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels’s upcoming biopic. The Grammy Award nominee had been attached to the project for some time, and Daniels confirmed she had been cast in her first-ever lead movie rol…

R&B star Andra Day has been cast as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels’s upcoming biopic.

The Grammy Award nominee had been attached to the project for some time, and Daniels confirmed she had been cast in her first-ever lead movie role on Tuesday, when he revealed that she will be joined by Bird Box and Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes, Mudbound’s Garrett Hedlund, Orange Is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne, and Dolemite Is My Name’s Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

According to Deadline, The United States vs. Billie Holiday will follow Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by federal agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair. The biopic will also examine the singer’s struggles with addiction, fame, and love.

“It is an extraordinary responsibility to tell the story of the iconic Billie Holiday. Her story is very personal to me and I hope to do justice when bringing to light this profound and complicated soul – a great artist and an unsung civil rights warrior,” Daniels told the publication.

The Precious filmmaker will direct and produce the project, which is set to go into production in Montreal, Canada in October.

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog in 2002, becoming the first African-American woman to achieve this honour, will pen the script for the movie, which is inspired by the 2015 non-fiction book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.

Christopher Gunning will come out of retirement to compose the original score, while record producer Salaam Remi, who is known for his work with the late Amy Winehouse, is on board too.

Holiday, who died in 1959 at the age of 44, has most notably been portrayed by Diana Ross in 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues and Audra McDonald in 2016 TV movie and Broadway production Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. A documentary about the jazz star simply titled Billie is also in the works.

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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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Designers praise Bob Mackie’s contribution to fashion industry

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked…

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Cher.

Mackie is to receive the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA awards on 3 June, and in the lead-up to the ceremony, a number of fashion stars have shared their praise for the style pioneer, with Tom Ford describing him as a true influencer.

“Bob Mackie’s work has influenced fashion in a dramatic way, in that many of the body-fitting, seemingly transparent, and heavily beaded gowns that are worn on red carpets today are derivative of his work for stars like Diana Ross and Cher,” he commented in an oral history feature for Vogue.com. “The images of his costumes and gowns for these women have become a part of the landscape of fashion from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and in my case, become part of my hard drive of references.”

While Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele spoke about how he met the “guru” at the 2019 camp-themed Met Gala and gushed over the designer’s role in shaping Hollywood careers.

“You have to put energy inside clothes; Bob’s creations made impetuous energy of great artists and through his clothes, the artists were able to magnify their talent. Bob Mackie sanctified the voice and the attitudes of the rock stars who are the gods of the 20th century,” he insisted.

Elsewhere, Mackie’s longtime client Burnett noted that the designer always had a vision for an entire look, including wigs, make-up and accessories, while Cher noted that he is a “perfectionist” when it comes to fit.

In addition, ’90s supermodel Shalom Harlow, who wore a Mackie ensemble to the 2009 Met Gala, shared that it’s not possible to be a “shy wallflower” in one of his creations.

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Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day makeup artist was given ‘incredible gift’

Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin is still in awe after working with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day. The beauty guru, who has also worked with Diana Ross, Jessica Alba and Elisabeth Moss, was behind the former actress’ stunning look …

Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin is still in awe after working with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day.

The beauty guru, who has also worked with Diana Ross, Jessica Alba and Elisabeth Moss, was behind the former actress’ stunning look at last year’s (18) royal wedding and looks back on the collaboration as a “gift”.

“I feel like Meghan gave me this incredible gift to share,” Martin said during The Makeup Show NYC on Sunday (05May19). “I want to pay it forward now because it’s such an incredible opportunity that someone can give you.”

The Dior ambassador considers himself lucky to have worked with such a notable group of women.

“I’m really lucky to have been formed by amazing women growing up, but I also look and gravitate towards these women professionally and personally as well,” he tells People magazine. “I think about Elisabeth Moss and Veronica and Meghan – these women are in these positions to support each other and to really stand up for their own rights and just be vocal on the platform that they have.”

He adds, “I just have always gravitated towards these incredible women – like Jessica (Alba) in her own business. There’s a strength that these women have that I’m drawn to. And for me as an artist, it’s more about using makeup as decoration and then empowering them to be their best selves.”

Martin also recalled a surreal moment last month (Apr19),when he styled Ross for the Dior Cruise 2020 fashion event in Marrakech, Morocco. While performing at the fashion show, the legendary singer pulled Martin onstage.

“She was three songs in, I knew every lyric to every song and she literally pulled me on stage and I’m on stage dancing with Diana Ross!” he shared. “It was so out of body.”

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Bob Mackie to receive CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having wor…

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.

“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.

Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.

He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.

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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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