Tracee Ellis Ross thanks mom Diana Ross while accepting Fashion Icon Award

Tracee Ellis Ross has an endless love for fashion.

The trailblazing 48-year-old star stunned in a white Alexander McQueen ensemble with thigh-high leather boots as she accepted the Fashion Icon Award at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards on Sunday, November 15.

“Tracee, do you take fashion to be your lawfully wedded wife? I do,” she joked at the start of her acceptance speech. “Thank you for validating my shopping habit.”

In addition to thanking the magazine industry and the stylists and designers she’s worked with over the years, she also paid homage to her mother, superstar Diana Ross.

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

While her mother once denied her request for a “seasonal shopping budget,” Tracee went on to call the singer’s closet “the best fashion playground of all time.”

She recalled scanning the stage after Diana’s performances and gathering beads that fell off of her dresses, “so that I could have pieces of the magic, seeds of the fashion dream that I was cultivating for myself.”


Whether she’s hitting the red carpet in Valentino and Chanel or championing young black designers like Christopher John Rogers and Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Tracee Ellis Ross never looks less than flawlessly dressed. Here, a look at her best red carpet fashion moments over the years.

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In Zuhair Murad Couture at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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In Christopher John Rogers at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards.

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In Ralph & Russo Couture at the 2019 Grammys.

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In Christopher John Rogers at the PopSugar x ABC “Embrace Your Ish” event in 2019.

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In Marc Jacobs at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards.

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In Rodarte at the brand’s Fall 2019 runway show.

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In Valentino Haute Couture at the 2018 Emmys.

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In Giambattista Valli Haute Couture at the 2018 InStyle Awards.

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In Pyer Moss at the 2018 American Music Awards.

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In Marc Jacobs at the 2018 Golden Globes.

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In Ralph & Russo Couture at the 2018 SAG Awards.

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In Carolina Herrera at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

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In Gucci at the 2018 Equality Now Annual Make Equality Reality Gala.

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In Norma Kamali at the 2018 Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA Emmy Nominees Night.

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In Stella McCartney at the 2017 American Music Awards.

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In Chanel Haute Couture at the 2017 Emmys.

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In Jenny Packham at the 2017 amfAR Gala Cannes.

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In vintage Thierry Mugler at the 2016 BET Awards.

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