Tracee Ellis Ross Stunned In a Waist-Length Ponytail on Seth Meyers

Length and shine that most can only dream of.

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Tracee Ellis Ross is many things: She’s an accomplished singer (and the daughter of music legend Diana Ross), an award-winning actress who starred in the popular show Black-ish, an influential producer, and founder of the natual haircare brand PATTERN Beauty. After so much time in the spotlight, she’s also become a fashion and beauty icon, donning looks that suit the times while retaining her own unique, timeless style. And last night, she demonstrated this during her appearance on the Seth Meyers show, where she styled her hair in a long, jet black ponytail that reached well past her waist. 

The eye-catching updo fit right in with the current slicked back hair trend dominating street style, but was a refreshing departure from the current short-hair craze dominating red carpets. Ross' ponytail sat high on the back of Ross’ head to show off her shimmery makeup and gold square earrings. The ‘do was styled by New York-based hair stylist Chuck Amos, who has over thirty years of experience styling celebrities and has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and others. 

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The look he gave Ross last night fit right in with the rest of her ensemble—a black turtleneck dress that hugged her curves and flowed down to her ankes, courtesy of Milan-based luxury fashion brand Moschino. Ross’ silk press complemented the minimalist, Matrix-esque feel of the look, resulting in an overall sleek appearance that was very New York-chic. 

On Seth Meyers’ show, Ross talked about her newest film, “American Fiction,” which explores the way Black artists are often marginalized, even after they achieve mainstream success. 

Earlier this month, Ross told, “That is something that all of us have experienced. Sometimes that is about race, respectability politics, or navigating code-switching, or as a woman, navigating your sexuality and how that makes people see you. I've experienced all of those things in many different ways.” 

Chic, intelligent, and impactful, Ross has made a tremendous impression throughout the press tour for “American Fiction.” The film is out for a limited release today, with an extended release planned for December 22. 

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

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