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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!

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The Black-ish star honored another fashion icon, attending Ralph Lauren's 50th anniversary runway show and dinner.

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The actress makes a serious case for bright, monochromatic suits at an event celebrating costume design.

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This plunging white caftan dress paired with black boots reminds of the star's trendsetter status.

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The actress takes on every shape and color in this sparkling, sheer dress paired with bright orange pumps. 

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This fashionista is killing it in this metallic gold maxi skirt, paired with a golden crossbody bag and matching boots. 

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Serving major Diana Ross vibes, the actress stuns in this vintage-style sparkling gown with an oversized cape. 

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Doing her part to brighten up the streets of NYC, the Joan actress steps out in this show-stopping, sequin dress from JCPenny paired with white sneakers. 

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This metallic tuxedo-style jumper by Balmain has the actress on a chic futuristic vibe and we are loving it. 

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This vibrant Esteban Cortazar dress is the perfect summer picnic look, having a flared hemline and circling white accents. 

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Sparkling in a feathered, bedazzled Chanel Haute Couture dress, this celebrity was surely the center of attention for the 2017 Emmys.

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Looking great in every hue, the actress wears a colorful Rosie Assoulin dress to the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards. 

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Tracee sports her best high fashion look, rocking an Avant Garde Comme des Garcons dress in Royal Blue for the 2017 Met Gala. 

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Clearly Dr. Rainbow channels whatever color, whenever she wants in this chic orange shift dress by Victoria Beckham. 

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This chic queen brought all the glamour to Cannes in this stunning Jenny Packham gown.

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The Blackish star couldn't have looked more amazing in this innovating, stylish, Yanina couture dress full of decorative details. 

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Showing off her elegant style, this Zuhair Murad corset dress at the 2017 Golden Globes stole our hearts. Just check out the jeweled details. 

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This bright red outfit stands out on the sexy star, complete with some zipper details for a fierce look. 

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The actress channels her inner glam in this Ulyana Sergeenko dress. Safe to say the gown adds style and length to her red carpet look. 

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

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Grab your shades! This star 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. 

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

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The actress opts for a shiny and subtle look in this vintage Yves Saint Laurent dress at the 2016 HBO Emmy After Party. 

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From the floor sweeping train to the daring torso slit, Tracee is an absolute showstopper in this Ralph Lauren Collection dress. 

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Velvet, sleek, and a deep v-neck—The star couldn't have pulled off a more glamorous look in this Jovani gown at the 2016 White House Correspondent's dinner. 


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This plunging Safiyaa jumpsuit made the star shine even brighter at the 2016 Disney ABC Press Tour.

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Resembling her legendary mother, Tracee works every hanging tassel and turn in this Leah DaGloria dress at the 2016 BET Black Girls Rock. 

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Tracee shows us how to spark up a look with these embellished shoulders on this stunning Randi Rahm gown.  

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The hues of blue never looked so good. The acting mogul stuns in his Marni top and skirt at the 2016 ABC Upfront. 

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This dazzling combo of golden metallic fabric and aqua prints puts this diva right at the top of the most stylish list wearing Isabel Marant. 

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Looking like a total boss, the actress slayed in a chic white tuxedo style dress paired with nude pumps. 

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The actress bedazzled and sparkled the night away in this long sleeve body con Maiyet dress. 

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This plunging deep v-neck Rubin Singer dress fits the star like a glove. She was serving all of the sexy seductive vibes at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards.

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In a yellow floral Marni jumpsuit, the breath taking celeb wows us all at Take-Two's annual E3 kickoff party in 2016.

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No one does a jumper like Joan! The actress kills it in this all white Escada ensemble at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 

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Looking like a total caramel dream, the acting veteran stuns 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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This glamazon shows us how to color block rocking a bright orange ballerina dress paired with chic orange pumps at the Disney/ABC 2016 Winter TCA tour and steals our hearts. 

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Tracee couldn't look any more classy in this Paule Ka black double-breasted suit at the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards.

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Dr. Rainbow stuns in this Dolce & Gabbana blossom print dress at the Disney/ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA.


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Looking like a total vintage diva, the beautiful starlet rocks a sexy Victoria Beckham dress at the 2015 Women in Television Gala.

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This beauty is pretty in floral prints with this Tracy Reese dress at the West Coast Launch of Women's Brain Health Initiative in 2015.

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The Girlfriends actress embodies elegance in this Honor NYC dress at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

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This acting diva does white right in this custom look co-designed by Ross and James Knox for the 2015 BET Awards.

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In an Atsuko Kudo latex dress at the 2015 BET Awards

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The Blackish star makes bustiers look amazing in this pink Zac Posen dress for the 2015 Emmy Awards.

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The star gives major sass in this Vivienne Westwood dress at the Variety's Power of Women luncheon in 2015.

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The stunning actress is seen in a 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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