While Ross has repeatedly expressed the joy of playing in her mother’s closet, these days, she’s a style icon in her own right; landing on countless best-dressed lists—including ours. The people clearly agree, as on Friday, E! announced that Ross will receive the Fashion Icon Award at this year’s “E! People’s Choice Awards, ” which will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 15 starting at 9 pm ET/PT. Notably, Ross is also nominated for “The Drama Movie Star of 2020.” for her starring (and singing) role in the 2020 People’s Choice Awards-nominated film “The High Note.”

Per a release provided to The Glow Up:

Ross will be honored for her trailblazing looks and one-of-a-kind personal style over the past two decades, her passion for self-expression and how she uses her voice and reach to inspire others to believe in themselves...

Ross is a champion of young talent and designers, most notably putting racial inclusivity front and center by featuring Black designers in all of her looks for stage and press when she hosted the 2018 American Music Awards. As a co-founding signatory of the Time’s Up movement, she is actively involved in working towards the goal of creating safety and equality in the workplace. Her production company, Joy Mill Entertainment, is committed to amplifying multilayered content that intentionally inspires possibility and joy in order to create connection and understanding. Her haircare line, PATTERN, serves the natural hair community and is an active space for upholding and celebrating Black beauty. She is a fixture on Hollywood’s best-dressed lists, and in 2017 she launched her first-ever fashion line, co-designed with JCPenney, which was celebrated for its inclusivity and accessibility.


“Tracee Ellis Ross’ style is transcendent,” said Jen Neal, General Manager, E! News, Live Events & Lifestyle Digital. “Her influence in the entertainment and fashion spaces are incomparable and we are delighted to honor her with the Fashion Icon Award.”

How’s that for a full-circle moment?