UGH! IN LOVE!!!
Without question, actress Tracee Ellis Ross IS IN FACT her mother’s child!
The Black-ish star celebrated her mother – the legendary Diana Ross – by recreating her popular “Work That Body” music video from Diana’s 1981 album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
“I decided to recreate my mom’s ‘Work That Body’ video from 1981 as a fun experiment and a surprise for my mama! And ODE to her!” Tracee wrote on her website. “While she has so, so many incredible moments to choose from, this one had an impact on me. At first I wasn’t sure why, but in true ‘Tracee’ fashion I became a little obsessed. I like to study these things until I am clear about what I’m seeing, what it’s making me feel, and why. I am keenly aware of how we as women (and most specifically women of color) are presented and portrayed in media and how we present ourselves. And here was my mama from almost 30 years ago on the surface doing something that often snags me in videos today but why did I feel differently about it?”
“My mom felt whole and connected…and in her body in this video. I have spoken before about encouraging women to shift our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing and, more important, feeling. And I saw a woman feeling joyful in herself as a whole being; she didn’t seem to be presenting her ass or saying look at all the ways I can make myself look appealing to YOU. She seems to be saying, ‘This is ME feeling good and I am strong and sexy and joyful in ME!’ I decided to recreate the video and try to feel the joy of being in my body while offering up tribute to my glorious mother. Hope you have as much fun watching it as I did recreating it, but most of all I hope it inspires you to find and be in the joy of your own body!”
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