A national treasure, this one is!
Tracee Ellis Ross looks divine on the April 2017 issue of Health magazine. Check out what the 44-year-old Black-ish star shared with the mag about maintaining her personal health, her favorite body part and more!
On qualities she has from mom Diana Ross: “My business mind, my work ethic. And I got her courage—courage of self, courage to be who I am. My mom is like that: Who she is is who she is. I got it from seeing her do it—seeing a woman unapologetically being herself and it working. There was no shaming of me being me. I had to work on that a lot, because I’m a large personality, so I had to own my specificity and love it. But the example of what that can look like—I see it more and more—I got from my mom. I love getting older!”
On her obsession with olives: “When you eat a jar of olives, the whole thing? That’s a problem! Dump the jar of olives in a bowl, take it to the television, dip them in hummus? You still can’t eat the whole jar of olives, Tracee, you can’t eat the whole jar. I heard kalamata olives are the least fattening, but I’ll eat any kind. I like to dip them in raw hummus. It’s delicious, let me tell you. I don’t eat cheese anymore, except on Christmas. But I love cheese. So now what I do is eat all the things you eat with cheese that make me feel like I’m eating cheese—so I’ll eat the olives, eat the prosciutto, eat the dried fig, have the Marcona almond.”
On why she doesn’t eat cheese: “Because I have a rule about eating. It has to pass two tests: Not only taste good in my mouth, but it also has to feel good in my stomach. So a lot of foods that are good in the mouth, 10 minutes later? I’m cursing myself. Potato chips don’t do that, french fries don’t do that—they’re fattening as hell, but whatever. But cake? I feel bloated, I get, like, hives from the sugar, and I feel like I’m having an anxiety attack. Ice cream? I can’t swallow; I feel like I have glue in my mouth.”
On how often she works out: “It’s three days a week on a regular basis, sometimes four. Sometimes I take a little break, but the truth is, I feel the best when I work out. I feel very strong. I didn’t wake up like this. At 22, I woke up like that. At 44, I work really hard for this! I am on TV, and I don’t want to lie to anybody. I’m not at my skinniest, I’m not at my fattest, but I live my life. This is my body. Health and the functionality of my body are more important than what it looks like.”
On her style: “I’ve always dressed the same way. I love a slim-fitted blazer, a high-waisted trouser. I love dresses and sweatpants. I think less is more, simple is good, and black is always key. It makes anything look good—even sweatpants! Put a fancy jacket over it, and no one will know.”
On her derriere: “I love my butt in a way I didn’t growing up. I really didn’t like it growing up. It was so much bigger than everyone else’s, and I wanted jeans to look the way they did on everyone else, and mine didn’t. I’ve been—to a certain extent—at odds with my body for many years, wanting it to be something other than it was, wanting myself to be something other than I was. Then, in my 30s, I started to get comfortable with the largeness of my personality. The same thing with my butt. I tried getting really, really skinny, and I learned that no matter how thin I got, I was still gonna have a butt.”
On maintaining her health: “I don’t starve myself, but I work my ass off at the gym. I am aware of what I’m eating. I moisturize, and I dry brush, and I infrared sauna, and I do acupuncture, and I get facials. And I drink water, and I don’t drink a ton of alcohol. Alcohol makes the folds go deeper—one glass of wine is like being on 17 airplanes; it just dries you out. And the biggest thing is I get my sleep. Sometimes it’s not eight hours, but my sleep is sacred to me.”
On advice for women in their 30s: “Hang in there. It’s not gonna be what you expect, but in some ways, it’s so much better. Life is not a fairy tale. It’s a little sobering, but it’s quite wonderful. This is me. This is who I am. I’m not 22, and I don’t look like I looked when I was 22! So love the body you got now, because in 10 years, you’re gonna be wishing that you had it.”
Images: James White for Health Magazine