Tracee Ellis Ross on Her Entrepreneurship Journey, Supporting Black Businesses

15 JUNE, 2022

By Monu jha

Tracee Ellis Ross has always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. And in 2019 with the launch of her haircare line Pattern Beauty

I wanted to have a business and I wanted to have creative control over that business

The world continues to underestimate Black women our creativity, our ability, our drive, our importance.

As a child, I had no opinions or thoughts about my hair. I didn't even know it was a thing that I should have opinions or thoughts about," Ross says.

The Emmy-nominated actress believes companies have a responsibility to provide items that "celebrate" beauty rather than putting forth ideas that "you weren't something and you need this [product] in order to be it."

Witnessing others fall in love with their hair just as she did. The multi-hyphenate explains that she's constantly in awe of Pattern's recent successes.

The other day, I was watching some morning show and a hairstylist was doing a slicked back look and they were using my stronghold gel," she recalls.

I feel like it reminds me of the beauty— things like that, that's really what it's all about," Ross continues.

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