Everything You Need To Know About Tracee Ellis Ross, Host Of The 2019 British Fashion Awards

She's music royalty and genuinely funny...


by grazia |
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Tonight the biggest names in fashion are arriving in London for the British Fashion Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall. It takes an impressive person to hold everything together and this year the British Fashion Council has enlisted acclaimed actress and star of Black-ish Tracee Ellis Ross to do the honours as host. We're in good hands. But there's more to her than Black-ish. Here's everything you need to know about Tracee Ellis Ross.

She's a member of music royalty

Tracee is the daughter of Diana Ross. Yep, that Diana Ross. Former member of The Supremes and future Glastonbury producer. Her father is Diana's ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein. This makes her the half-sister of actor and musician Evan Ross and, therefore, the half-sister-in-law of singer Ashlee Simpson.

Tracee (r) with her mum Diana Ross ©Getty

She wins Instagram on the daily

If you get jealous easily, maybe don't follow Tracee on Instagram. Her social media provides envy-inducing updates on her life, from Hollywood work-outs, red carpet moments and, most importantly, issues that matter to her. But the main draw are her holiday posts: no one takes a poolside selfie like Tracee. Oh, and she just hangs out with Mariah Carey. Casual.

She is a comedy queen

Tracee is best known for playing Dr Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish, a hilarious US comedy airing on ABC following the lives of an African-American family. Tracee won a Golden Globe for her role, was nominated for three Emmys, and co-created Mixied-ish, the prequel spin-off.

Before that, Tracee made her screen debut in TV film Broken Silence, but rose to mainstream fame playing Joan Clayton in long-running comedy series Girlfriends, between 2000 and 2008. During its run, the show, considered seminal for its depiction of black women in television, was one of the highest-rated scripted shows among African-American adults.

Its creator, Mara Brock Akil, was honoured with an Essence 'Visionary' Award in 2013, and Tracee was among the cast members in attendance as she accepted the prize.

She has also had roles in Hanging Up - Nora Ephron's 2000 comedy - 2007 comedy Daddy's Little Girls, and Lindsay Lohan's critically maligned film Labour Pains.

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