ESC: Tracee Ellis Ross

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There's no one in the world like Tracee Ellis Ross, and her wardrobe proves it.

"I've always been that person. I've always loved clothes," the Blackish star told E! News. "I've always been ‘the girl caught in mommy's closet'...I am born of a legacy of glamour, but for me, clothing was my armor and my protection growing up."

Well, when your mother is Diana Ross, who can blame you? Despite being a "legacy of glamour," the actress didn't grow up in the fashion spotlight. Instead, her style has evolved alongside her career. Over the years, it is as if she's become more aware of how she wants to express who she is (which is more than simply Diana's daughter). Her journey to becoming an award-winning actress has been marked by transformative styles and an epic wardrobe that make her the one to watch.

"I think style is a form of how people wear their insides on the outside," she recently told us behind the scenes of the Elle Personal Style Awards.

She's very good at it, so it was of no surprise when she won the Rulebreaker-in-Chief award. There aren't any rules in purely expressing yourself and being who you want to be. For Tracee, that means expressing what it means to be at the top of your acting game and having immense pride within that.

When it comes to the carpet, Tracee just gets it. Her clothes are edgy, cool, yet effortless and ageless. There's almost a guarantee she won't look like anyone else. But, no matter your style, she's rocked something that you'll want to copy.

Check out her best looks below!

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2017 Emmy Awards, Arrivals

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Sparkling in a feathered, bedazzled Chanel Haute Couture dress for the 2017 Emmys.

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards

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Wearing a colorful Rosie Assoulin dress to the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards. 

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2017 Met Gala Arrivals

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Rocking an avant garde Comme des Garcons look in Royal Blue for the 2017 Met Gala. 

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Looking mod and chic in a an orange shift dress by Victoria Beckham. 

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Bringing all the glamor to Cannes in this stunning Jenny Packham gown.

ESC: Tracee Ellis Ross, 2016/17 Award Season

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Looking stylish in this Yanina couture dress full of decorative details. 

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Showing off in a 90s style Zuhair Murad corset dress at the 2017 Golden Globes. 

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This bright red outfit stands out on stage complete with some zipper details for a fierce look. 

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In a Ulyana Sergeenko dress adds style and length to her look for the red carpet. 

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She completes this classic black and white combo with a Chanel bag for the ultimate accessory. 

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The actress stunned at the 2017 SAG Awards in this simple and elegant Ulyana Sergeenko black dress. 

Tracee Ellis Ross, Harper's Bazaar 150 Most Fashionable Women

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She sparkled on the red carpet in this fun Rosario look complete with a bow. 

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She had fun with these beach themed accessories for this sea foam green look. 

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The actress looks fresh and ready for the sun in this lacy Zuhair Murad dress at the 2017 Critics' Choice Awards. 

Tracee Ellis Ross, ELLE Women In Hollywood

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This deep V-neck Missoni dress is the perfect look for a brunch in Hollywood. 

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2016 Emmy After Party Pics

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In a vintage Yves Saint Laurent dress at the 2016 HBO Emmy After Party

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In a Ralph Lauren Collection dress at the 2016 Emmy Awards

 Tracee Ellis Ross, White House Correspondents Association Dinner

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In a Jovani dress at the 2016 White House Correspondent's dinner 


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In Safiyaa at the 2016 Disney ABC Press Tour.

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In a Leah DaGloria dress at the 2016 BET Black Girls Rock

Tracee Ellis Ross, Critics Choice Awards

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In a Randi Rahm dress at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards

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In a Marni top and skirt at the 2016 ABC Upfront

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In Isabel Marant at the 2016 Peabody Awards

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In a white chic tuxedo style dress at the 2016 Entertainment Weekly & People New York Upfronts VIP party

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In a Maiyet dress at a Chloe, W magazine and MOCA private rooftop dinner in 2016

Tracee Ellis Ross, NAACP Image Awards

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In a Rubin Singer dress at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards

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In a yellow floral Marni jumpsuit at Take-Two's annual E3 kickoff party in 2016

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In an all white Escada ensemble at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle celebration of the 2016 Golden Globes

Mercedes-Benz Oscars Party, Tracee Ellis Ross

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In a Thai Nguyen Atelier dress at the Mercedes-Benz and African American Film Critics Association Oscar viewing party in 2016


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In a bright orange ballerina dress at the Disney/ABC 2016 Winter TCA tour

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In a Paule Ka black double-breasted suit at the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards

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In a Dolce & Gabbana blossom print dress at the Disney/ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA


Tracee Ellis Ross, 2015 Women in television

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In Victoria Beckham at the 2015 Women in Television Gala.

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In a Tracy Reese dress at the West Coast Launch of Women's Brain Health Initiative in 2015

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In an Honor NYC dress at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2015 BET Awards

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In a custom look (co-designed by Ross and James Knox) at the 2015 BET Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2015 BET Awards

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In an Atsuko Kudo latex dress at the 2015 BET Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy Awards 2015

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In a Zac Posen dress at the 2015 Emmy Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross, Variety's Power Of Women Luncheon

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In a Vivienne Westwood dress at the Variety's Power of Women luncheon in 2015

Tracee Ellis Ross, MOCA

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In a semi-fitted bright yellow dress with a Peter Pan collar at The Museum of Contemporary Art Anniversary Gala in 2014

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