Tracee Ellis Ross
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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is the subject of a cover story for Health magazine, in which she talks, among other things, about living with a big butt – what was like during teenage years, compared to what’s it like now and how she grew to like her body just the way it is.

The actress, that is mostly known to you as Rainbow from the comic series Black-ish, used to hate some parts of her body when she was younger, most of all her butt which, she explains, was always too big.

The 44-year-old shares her struggle with coming to terms with her unique body in a cover story for Health magazine.

In the interview, Ellis talks about the qualities she inherited from her mother, famous singer Diana Ross, and from her father, music manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. She also reveals one important difference in the perception of herself – her body and her personality – now, compared to when she was in her twenties.

“I love my butt in a way I didn’t growing up”, Ellis shares, saying that she didn’t use to like it when she was younger, because it was bigger than anyone else’s. This is the reason why she wasn’t really into experimenting with fashion. “I wanted jeans”, she says, adding; “I’ve always dressed the same way.”

She also tried losing weight, only to learn that no matter how skinny she got, her behind would still have more … “personality” that the rest of her body. “I learned that no matter how thin I got, I was still gonna have a butt.”

Then, in her 30s, things changed. Her perspective changed. “I started to get comfortable with the largeness of my personality. The same thing with my butt.”

As a piece of advice for every woman out there that sighs at the sight of her “horrible” body, Tracee shares: “Life is not a fairy tale. It’s a little sobering, but it’s quite wonderful. […] Love the body you got now, because in 10 years, you’re gonna be wishing that you had it.”