All Hail Honesty! Tracee Ellis Ross, 45, Admits ‘I F–ing Work for’ This Body

Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross attends the Marie Claire's Image Makers Awards 2018 on January 11, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.  Rich Fury/Getty Images

Tracee Ellis Ross doesn’t get caught up in the culture of perfection. Unlike many of her Hollywood peers, she’s willing to admit she looks good because she puts in the effort.

“The ‘I woke up like this’ thing? Bulls–t!” she declares in the November issue of InStyle. “Black-ish is in HD, darling! There’s no Vaseline on the lenses. At 18 I might have woken up like this. At 45 I f–ing work for it.”

Tracee Ellis Ross on the cover of Instyle
Tracee Ellis Ross on the cover of Instyle Instyle

Indeed, the Black-ish actress, who’s a devotee of trainer Tracy Anderson, frequently posts videos of her grueling workouts on Instagram. She hilariously shared footage of one of her early sessions doing Anderson’s Method — which consists of dance routines and small repetitive moves to the point of muscle fatigue — in January. “New program,” she says looking into the camera while miming tears. “My body’s like, ‘What the f–k is going on?’… Why does that hurt so bad!”

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WORKIN THRU THE JETLAG // @tracyandersonmethod

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Always one to keep it real, the daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross also tells the magazine the real reason she puts in the effort: “I love potato chips more than anything in the world, and so I work out hard.”

The body maintenance doesn’t stop there; the confident star also has some beauty tricks up her sleeve. “I put masks on my face,” says the cover star, who has also admitted to using facial massage tools. “I take care of myself. And, by the way, to me self-care does not mean going to the spa. It’s learning to say no. It’s knowing yourself so you can make choices that are an expression of you. That’s self-care.”

As for her dedication to fitness, it’s paid off. On September 7, the three-time Emmy nominee — who’s blossomed into a red carpet style queen — shared another Instagram video of her gym session, captioning it, “WORKIN THRU THE JETLAG // @tracyandersonmethod”

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