Before Tracee Ellis Ross was displaying her style across Instagram, she was a young girl with a mother as a star. In the newest edition of W Magazine, Ross covers the magazine to discuss her style and Black-ish. Of course with your mother having access to some of the best items in the world, wouldn’t you take a look if something caught your eye? Tracy went to mention that she actually would steal a lot of her mother’s clothes back in the day. You can read the full feature here.
WM: So did you borrow clothes from your mom? Because your mom must have had an archive to end all archives.
TR: Lynn, you’re very kind to say did I borrow clothes from my mother. It sort of was more like stealing. I’m not going to lie. She would leave the house and I went in her room and looked out the window and saw her car go down the driveway, and I marched myself right into her bathroom and started taking clothes. What I liked to do is put them in my closet and live with them as if they were mine.
WM: [Laughs.] Oh god.
TR: And my mom walked back in the room, in the bathroom. [Laughs.] And she was like, “What are you doing?” I was like, “I’m organizing your closet for you! What are you doing?” She said, “I forgot something.” And I was like, “Oh! Can I help you find it?” [Laughter.] So, yeah, I, I was known for that. And still I call it shopping. I go to my mom’s house—my mom has the most extraordinary taste, top to bottom, whether it’s the dishes or the clothes, from t-shirts to gowns to hats to coats.