Tracee Ellis Ross - 'There are so many ways to curate happiness, find love and create a family'

Tracee Ellis Ross at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. Photographed by Aaron J. Thornton
Tracee Ellis Ross at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. Photographed by Aaron J. Thornton
Aaron J. Thornton

In an interview with NET-A-PORTER's digital title, PORTER, the actress speaks about how unmarried women without children are represented in popular culture.

"I was raised by society to dream of my wedding, but I wish I had been dreaming of my life. There are so many ways to curate happiness, find love, and create a family and we don't talk about them. It creates so much shame and judgment," she says.

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The director and executive producer sheds light on how happily single people are treated, and the intention behind the content she produces.

"People misinterpret being happily single as not wanting to be in a relationship. It's one of the reasons I feel so strongly about telling the stories that I tell. I wish I had known there were other choices, not just about how I could be living, but how I could feel about the way my life was," she adds.

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Tracee also says she learnt a lot from her famous mother, Diana Ross' style. "Clothing, hair, and makeup were not part of the male gaze for my mom. She owned her sensuality and her sexuality in a way I found very empowering because it wasn't about 'look at me,' it was about, 'this is me.'"

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