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Tracee Ellis Ross is the cover story for Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue. In her interview, Ross speaks candidly about her journey to self-love and self-acceptance.
And it didn’t just happen overnight.
“Learning to be me has been a really long journey. I tried being small and feeling things in little ways. It took me a long time to get to know myself, to accept myself, and even on some days to really like and love myself. And then it took me a whole other load of years to have the courage to actually live in the world as that person,” she told the magazine. “And it’s been trial and error, chewing on ground glass. It’s been a hard-earned journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I mean, I came out of the womb like this. I literally think I was like, ‘Woo-hoo! I’m here. What have you got? Let’s go!'”
The style icon says she’s heading towards menopause — and she’s ready.
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles and is diagnosed after a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in a woman’s 40s or 50s, although the average age is 51 in the United States.
“My friend [Michaela Angela Davis] told me, ‘This is an invitation into your wild-woman phase, to being a moon driver. You have spent years being driven by the moon, and now you are going to drive the moon.’ And I was like, ‘That’s right. I’m about to drive the moon,'” she continued. “Another friend was like, ‘Your womb will no longer have to be thinking it’s going to make a baby. You can fill it with all your creativity.’ And I was like, ‘That’s right. I’m going to make babies of projects and things out of my womb.'”
“I’m the sexiest I’ve ever been,” she added. “And when I say that, I mean I feel the most myself.”