Tracee Ellis Ross thanks her mom, “the icon” Diana Ross, while accepting People’s Choice Fashion Icon Award

black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross received the Fashion Icon of 2020 Award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday, where she thanked “the icon, herself” — her mother, Diana Ross

“Obviously, I have to thank the icon herself, my mom. Not only for her great parenting and not acquiescing to my very whimsical and outrageous requests and tantrums,” Ross shared. “But also her example, her sense of style, her epic closet, and glamour that introduced me to the power of fashion.”

Presented by Tyler, the Creator, the actress was honored for her innovative looks and her unique fashion style.

“Tracee, do you take fashion to be your lawfully-wedded wife, I do, I do,” Ross shouted accepting the award in an eye-catching Alexander McQueen dress as she took the stage at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Ross expressed her appreciation to her stylist, Karla Welch, whom she says has been her “collaborator in rule breaking over the years.”  She also thanks those who voted for her, saying “I can’t thank you enough for validating my shopping habit and validating little teenage Tracee who begged her mom for seasonal clothing budget — Spoiler alert: I did not get it.”

Ross further explained how fashion became an outlet to express her creativity and her political and cultural standpoints.

“I wear my insides on the outside, and if featuring black designers at American Music Awards helped someone see the power of black artistry or if joining the call to wear black at the Golden Globes led to solidarity with women saying time’s up on sexual harassment, then you heard me loud and clear,” said Ross.

By Rachel George
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