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August 30, 2018

Tracee Ellis Ross made a candid confession on how she owns her sexuality

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Tracee Ellis Ross has become a fan favorite in the entertainment industry, not only for being the daughter of the iconic Diana Ross but also for her unapologetic attitude in life. In an interview with Glamour magazine earlier this year, Ross opened about being single at 45 and owning her sexuality.

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The "Black-ish" star has been in the industry for more than a decade, but it was in the past four years that her career took a turn and took off from the regular acting roles to superstar status. Ross has now tried her talent as a model, host, interviewer, producer and director, all while keeping a level head and a humble attitude.

Fans love that Tracee always keeps it real, and in an interview with Glamour magazine in January, after she hosted the "American Music Awards" where her mom was honored with a special award, the actress revealed a few things about her life as a single, independent woman. 

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Ross is at that age where people start to wonder "when are you getting married" or "is going to be too late to have kids," and she's not having it. As part of her speech at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit, she told the crowd:

"My worth gets diminished as I am reminded that I have “failed” on the marriage and carriage counts. Me! This bold, liberated, independent woman. I mean, I work out, eat well, I mostly show up to work on time, I’m a good friend, a solid daughter, a hard worker, my credit is good, I take out the garbage before it gets smelly, I recycle, and I won a Golden Globe! I’m killing it! So, why? Why do I get snagged this way? As if all that I have done and who I am doesn’t matter."

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Tracee, then, revealed that she realized something that should have been clear for her all her life when she wrote in her journal "My life is mine." She encouraged women to own their experiences, power, agency, and sexuality, not as a product or "feel worthy of love" but as a "way of being."

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The actress revealed that she learned how to be and feel sexy from her mother, as she explained that Diana Ross has always owned her sexiness and is not shy about it. Ross added:

"Recently I learned this wonderful term, sex-positive, and that is the way I feel. [For me] the answer to the objectification of women and black women in our culture is not to shut down my sexuality but to own it as something that is mine."

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She has been a vocal force supporting the "Me Too" movement, encouraging female empowerment and supporting causes that seek equality in and outside the industry. For Tracee, is essential that women come together and demand their right over their bodies and lives.

"Historically, women have not had ownership of our own bodies. And it is enough. It is enough. You do not get to touch my body or comment on my body as you please. Period," she concluded.

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