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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Kendall Jenner drinks salmon smoothie to avoid difficult questions about models

Kendall Jenner has taken a sip of a disgusting salmon smoothie in order to avoid answering tricky questions about her fellow models.The fashion star made an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night, and during the chat, parti…

Kendall Jenner has taken a sip of a disgusting salmon smoothie in order to avoid answering tricky questions about her fellow models.

The fashion star made an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night, and during the chat, participated in a round of Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts with guest host Harry Styles.

As part of the game, in which participants have to either answer personal questions or eat gross foods, Harry asked Kendall, “Who is the most unlikable supermodel?”

After pausing to think about her reply, the 24-year-old teasingly stated, “I have the answer, I can’t say it though,” and knocked back a decent amount of the smoothie.

Kendall also took a tiny bite of bull’s penis when the host questioned her about the “most surprising” celebrity to send her a direct message her on Instagram. However, she decided to opt out of tasting the 1,000-year-old eggnog on the table when queried about her siblings’ parenting skills.

“I’d say Rob (Kardashian) is number one, he’s so good to his daughter (Dream, three). It’s so hard – they’re all amazing. Then it would be Khloe, Kim, Kylie (Jenner), Kourtney.”

Elsewhere on the show, Kendall joined Tracee Ellis Ross on the couch for a chat, and the Black-ish actress asked her about her most awkward early experience with runway modelling.

“My boobs were out the first show I ever did. I just turned 18 and they were like, ‘Take the shirt off,'” she recalled.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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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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Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday ni…

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday night, with the likes of Ashley Graham, Ben Platt, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid in attendance.

During the dinner, Christopher John Rogers was crowned the winner of the sixteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper named as runners-up.

“With this year’s Fashion Fund finalists, we’ve seen not only great design and talent, but a wonderful commitment to progressive and inclusive values,” said Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue. “Fashion should never be divorced from the values of the world and this year’s designers have taken that to heart.”

Rogers will receive $400,000 (£310,000), while the two runners-up walk home with $150,000 (£116,000) each. The three designers will also regularly meet with an assigned business mentor.

Winning the top prize in the prestigious competition marks a major moment in the career of Brooklyn-based Rogers. Born in Baton Rouge, the designer is quickly building up a reputation for his bold use of colour and playful silhouettes, with celebrities including Lizzo, Rihanna, Regina King, and Tracee Ellis Ross having worn his creations to events.

He follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Brock Collection, Telfar, and Pyer Moss.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to foster not only creative design talent but also an entrepreneurial spirit required in today’s changing fashion landscape,” added CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “This year’s finalists represent the best of American fashion’s future.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross to host The Fashion Awards 2019

Tracee Ellis Ross has been named as the host of The Fashion Awards 2019.The annual prizegiving is set to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a number of designers, business and industry leaders, retailers, creatives, model…

Tracee Ellis Ross has been named as the host of The Fashion Awards 2019.

The annual prizegiving is set to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a number of designers, business and industry leaders, retailers, creatives, models and celebrities from across the globe to be at the event.

Now, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Black-ish actress and sartorial star Tracee will serve as the host of the bash.

“Born from a legacy of style, Ross is known for her sartorial flair and taking fashion risks with ease and grace,” they said in a statement. “Whether gracing the Emmys red carpet in couture, thanking her shopping habit for her oft-documented street style, or inviting her more than nine million followers on social media to make fun of her dad sneakers, Ross uses fashion as a mean of self-expression and communication. She not only loves fashion; she has fun with it.”

When it comes to the awards, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jacquemus, Loewe, and Prada have been nominated in the Brand of the Year category, while Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, JW Anderson and Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, Dior Men’s Kim Jones, and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are all in the running for Designer of the Year.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

The Fashion Awards is the main fundraiser for the BFC’s charitable and talent support work.

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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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Ashley Graham puts CBD-infused product on feet before wearing high heels

Ashley Graham swears a cannabidiol-infused product helps minimise the pain of wearing stilettos.The curvy model, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has recently …

Ashley Graham swears a cannabidiol-infused product helps minimise the pain of wearing stilettos.

The curvy model, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has recently landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone.

However, Ashley isn’t a fan of standing around in high heels for long photoshoots, and in an interview with Into The Gloss, she explained that she finds formulas made with cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from the hemp plant, really help.

“If I’m wearing heels, we’ve got to talk about Lord Jones,” she praised. “The CBD on the bottom of the foot is very necessary – it’s a model secret, because you have to be ready hours in advance of a show and you’re just standing around.”

Lord Jones is known for its High CBD Formula Body Lotion, High CBD Formula Body Oil, and the Royal Oil, which is made with CBD oil and pure grapeseed oil, with celebrities such as Liv Tyler, Kristen Bell, and Olivia Wilde also fans of the products.

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley shared that she visits Mzia Shiman once a month for a facial and likes to use Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Solution to remove her make-up each night.

She also likes Retrouve skincare products, after being recommended them by Tracee Ellis Ross’s make-up artist.

“The Intensive night moisturiser is very rich, but light enough that I’m not going to also break out. You only need a little bit of it. I also like the eye cream. I’m in my early thirties so I’m just doing it preventatively. I feel like eye creams are a little bit BS, but with this one, I can feel a difference,” the 31-year-old explained.

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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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