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Tracee Ellis Ross Gets Real About Beauty Standards for Women

We consider Tracee Ellis Ross to be one our style and beauty icons, so when she speaks about the standards of beauty affecting women today, we listen.

You may have seen clips of her interview with The Breakfast Club, which is from 2014, resurfacing on the Internet where she discusses how society pressures women to conform when it comes to their looks.

Ross recently posted a Facebook video to keep the conversation going. She begins the video clarifying her statements saying she’s not shaming any woman for what they choose to do with their appearance.

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“I don’t like the idea that women might be shamed into making choices, or feel shame for the choices that they make,” she said.

“I’m making a comment on our culture. A culture of beauty that narrowly defines beauty and perpetuates this idea that women are only objects and worthy of love if we somehow match up to this ever-changing, always unattainable, like, arbitrary standard of beauty.”

Ross goes on to say if you manipulate your looks because you feel empowered by doing so, then do you. However, if you change your appearance because you feel you have to, then she says, “our culture has failed you.”

She ends the video saying, “We must shift our culture from viewing women as objects so that we are empowered to make choices not based on how other people see us, but instead how we feel. I wonder what it would be [like] if each of us expanded our idea and our definition of what beauty is… The hope and the goal is that each of us find it within. That’s what I wish for everybody. That’s what I want for myself.”

So do we.

Watch the video below.




Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.