How Tracee Ellis Ross Is Empowering Women With This Music Video
Tracee Ellis Ross takes her body confidence strut to a whole new level in a supremely captivating recreation of her mother Diana Ross' iconic video, "Work That Body."
No stranger to speaking out on confidence, beauty standards, sexism, and her aversion to perfectionism, Ross sought out to explore the symbolism of the video and how it resonates with today's perceptions of women's bodies.
On her website, she wrote about her thought process behind the project.
"I was watching and thinking: why does watching this woman dancing around in barely any clothes with her tush to the camera make me feel joyful and empowered when the same kind of image in most music videos today doesn’t give me that feeling? Often in today’s images (moving and still), we are being objectified or we objectifying ourselves. I think it is meant to be an empowered act, a reclaiming of our bodies. But that is not always what it feels like to me. I am not intending to judge, just exploring with curiosity."
The actress went on to talk about the epiphany of her "obsession" with the video.
"And then it hit me: My mom felt whole and connected …and in her body in this video. I have spoken before about encouraging women to shift our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing and, more important, feeling. And I saw a woman feeling joyful in herself as a whole being; she didn’t seem to be presenting her ass or saying look at all the ways I can make myself look appealing to YOU. She seems to be saying, “this is ME feeling good and I am strong and sexy and joyful in ME”!"
Watch Tracee's remake video, "#WORKTHATBODY2015" above and check out her mother's original video here.
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