In a brand new interview for Vanity Fair, Tracee Ellis Ross explained why it is so important to set some boundaries. Here’s what she had to say!
As you may already know, in 2016 and 2017, the single-by-choice star was promoting season three of Black-ish, and due to the fact that her character was pregnant with baby number 5, a lot of media outlets would ask her whether or not she wants to be a mom in real life as well.
‘Last year, I was pregnant the entire season. That brought a lot of comments and questions and pontifications from people with no invitation,’ Ellis Ross told Vanity Fair.
‘I literally have said to people before, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus already. What are you doing in there? And why are you asking these questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?’’ the actress went on.
The star explained that patriarchy has pretty much made it seem like a ‘good life’ for a woman is the same for every female out there, but Ellis Ross is not about to succumb to that belief.
‘I saw a woman who was just making a path and doing it on her own. She did not have hundreds of people doing everything for her—my mom [Diana Ross] always packed her own bags and cooked our food.’
Ellis Ross shared that the woman she is today was shaped by other women, both real and fictional.
That being said, she mentioned Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and even Wonder Woman as only a few of her childhood heroines.
‘They were not women of color, but look what’s here now…We know that storytelling changes how we see ourselves and how others see us. There is evidence of this. These things make a difference. They are not for naught.’