When it comes to loving who you are, inside and out, many of us, at one time or another have a hard time doing it. We may not like our nose, our body, our hair, etc. This self-loathing happens with celebrities too. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross explains how she didn’t like herself, but learned to celebrate all of her.
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“What style is best?” “What are the best products for your hair?” “Where do get your hair from?” “Straight or curly?” “Should I focus styling my natural hair, or should I get a weave?” These are only a sample of the number of questions you get when it comes to black hair.
More and more these days, many ladies are coveting curl patterns that aren’t their own, a trending topic that actress and curly girl Tracee Ellis Ross is addressing by launching her “Hair Love” Campaign–a call to action for women to start loving own natural hair.
Prompted by an Instagram meme from AroundTheWayCurls showing a little girl crying with a caption reading, “That moment you realize you don’t have Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair,” the 40-year-old star created a video response to express her gratitude–but to also explain her views on the matter.
“I don’t want you to want my hair. The reason I don’t want you to want my hair is I’m of the school of ‘love what you got. For me, the reason my hair was such a battle was because I was trying to make it something it wasn’t. I wanted the hair that somebody else had,” Tracee says in the video.
She goes on to say: “I love that you love my hair but I only love that you love my hair if it’s an inspiration for you to love your hair.”
This didn’t just stop with hair. Tracee didn’t like her body at first either. Here’s what she has to say about her lovely body:
“…. A pic [of me] made me nauseous the first time I saw it. I thought my face looked crazy but the pic is always popping up somewhere so I’m embracing it…crazy eyes, bra bulge and all.”
She goes on to say: “I’m proud of my body now—I work very hard to keep my body at 41 years-old, because my booty could drop… Gravity is not a joke.”
Loving your own hair, loving your own body — that’s a powerful statement of self-acceptance to share with all the beautiful women in your world.