TRACEE WEARS DIOR DRESS, PHOTOGRAPHED BY RENELL MEDRANO

In fact, those ideals didn’t match up with Ross’s reflection, and while her family featured natural textured curls and coils, that wasn’t enough. “As a teenager, you don’t give a damn how your mother styles her hair. You want to see what other people in the music business do.” She continued: “I tried to beat my hair into submission; I tried body lotion in it, I slept in rollers – all of this just to rebel against it!” She remarked, “My grandmother was devastated by their choice.”

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