Tracee Ellis Ross, award-winning actress, producer and most recently, founder and CEO of Pattern haircare brand, will be hosting The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Last year, the annual soiree, hosted by the British Fashion Council, which had an appearance from Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, raised more than £2.3 million for its charities and other worthy causes.

The Fashion Awards are a magnet for the world’s most high-profile celebrities, designers, business and industry leaders, media, creatives and models, all coming together to celebrate the year’s most extraordinary creative fashion talent. This year’s event in December will see Naomi Campbell honoured with the prestigious Fashion Icon Award in recognition of her philanthropic work.

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Tracee Ellis Ross being chosen as The Fashion Awards 2019 host is reflective of the event’s ethos of fashion with a cause.

Ross is best known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr Rainbow Johnson on the ABC comedy series black-ish and playing Joan Clayton on the long-running hit series Girlfriends. For her role as Rainbow, Ross has received numerous individual accolades including winning the 2017 Golden Globe Award and four NAACP Image Awards.

“For someone who really, really (and I mean REALLY) loves fashion, it’s such an honor [sic] and huge treat to celebrate the best in fashion! Now, what will I wear???”

Borne from a legacy of style, her mother is THE Diana Ross, she is known for her sartorial flair and taking fashion risks with ease and grace. Whether gracing the Emmys red carpet in couture, thanking her shopping habit for her oft-documented street style, or inviting her more than nine million followers across social media to make fun of her dad’s sneakers, Ross uses fashion as a mean of self-expression and communication. She not only loves fashion; she has fun with it.

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Joining this fun aspect is Ross’s propensity for using her voice and vast social influence to advocate for a joyful culture of self-acceptance, inclusivity, and equity across all industries. As one of the founders of the #TimesUp movement, Ross is actively involved in working towards the goal of creating safety and equality in the workplace. An outspoken supporter for women’s rights, she has become an influential voice in conversations around diversity, equality and female empowerment making her one of the most respected women of our generation. In April 2018, Ross opened the TED Conference, the first black woman to do so, with a powerful speech about the wisdom of women’s fury.

Sharing her excitement about hosting the awards, in an Instagram post, Tracee said: “For someone who really, really (and I mean REALLY) loves fashion, it’s such an honor [sic] and huge treat to celebrate the best in fashion! Now, what will I wear???”


General public tickets for The Fashion Awards 2019 are on sale and available on Ticketmaster.

For more information please email: FashionAwardsBox@britishfashioncouncil.com

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