Traci Ellis Ross; 41 and Fabulous


Everyone’s favorite “girlfriend” is showing you can be fabulous at any age especially for her at 41 on the cover of UPSCALE Magazine for the August 2014 issue.


Traci Ellis Ross is serving us with some serious Momma Diana on the upcoming cover of UPSCALE Magazine.  In this issue she opens up with readers discussing her love life, being Black, how she keeps the booty looking right and her new show going to ABC in September titled “Black-ish”

In her new show she plays a mother of 4 named Rainbow Johnson who is wife of Anthony Anderson’s character.  The two are tying to find cultural identity in raising their children in an uppity predominantly white neighborhood.

Interviewing with UPSCALE, Ms Ross opened up on way it means to be black to her and how she feels people will react to her new show Black-Ish.

Below is some conversation front he interview via

On what it means to be black:
“What is blackness? What is being black? Who defines that and do we need to define that? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions but I think these are the conversations we’re all still having.”

On her ABC show, Black-ish:
“The beauty of the show is that it’s just a family comedy, but it has another layer to it. I don’t know what I necessarily want people to think or talk about after watching it but for me in general with cultural identity, racial identity and feminist identity, dialogue is important. People communicating in a light and open way about issues that have a lot of depth and weight to them is a great thing.”

On loving her body:
“I’m proud of my body—I work very hard to keep my body at 41 years-old, because my booty could drop… Gravity is not a joke.”

On advice & romance:
“Any one rule [as it pertains to romantic relationships] that people think works everywhere is just not true. In general, with everything it’s an intimate discovery of trusting yourself and allowing yourself the room to have curiosity about life and self.”

Grab the issue ASAP and make sure you’re tuned in September 24!

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HEY LOVES – I’M DANIELLE or DANIE – THE LIFE LOVING GIRL BEHIND XOXODANIELLEMONE! I’m currently 28 years old and I live in Orlando, FL with my husband Jeff + our fur baby Bleu (like the cheese), a Blue Nose Pitbull who you can follow on Instagram at @greeneyedbleu. I share our life together and my style here on XOXODanielleMone and on Instagram. I definitely love the colors pink, orange and yellow and all things style but I also love: a great cocktail, home decor, fresh flowers, and spending time with my family (hey mom!).

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