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Tracee Ellis Ross at the American Music Awards 2018

She wore a pink two piece suit by Pyer Moss with Christian Louboutin pumps plus a lot of jewellery: a Jacob & Co necklace, one Djula Jewelry earring and one Matta Cielo earring. [Photo: Getty]

Tracee Ellis Ross celebrates black designers in 12 different looks at the American Music Awards

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Tracee Ellis Ross showcased no less than 12 different looks, all of which included pieces by black designers, at the American Music Awards last night. She was hosted the awards for the second year in the row.

As part of her introductory speech at the annual awards ceremony, the 45-year-old ‘Black-ish’ actor announced to the audience: “I will feature black designers in all of my looks tonight.”

The stylish star then proceeded to live-tweet her outfits to 1.06 million followers on her account @TraceeEllisRoss throughout the night. 

She gave every designer who contributed to her looks some well-deserved recognition – a definite contrast to those celebrities who refuse to talk about their red carpet looks. 

The daughter of Motown legend Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Ellis Siberstein, Tracee has more than carved out a niche for herself in the celebrity world, beginning her career as a model and fashion writer and making a name for herself as an actress in Girlfriends (2000-2008) and Black-ish (2014-present).

She collaborated with her friend, stylist Karla Welch, to put together her incredible on-stage wardrobe, which featured everything from a sequinned jumpsuit by Balmain to a flouncy tulle dress by Off Wht.

Each look contained at least one piece by a black designer, from the more well known couture houses, like Balmain, to up and coming brands like LA-based shoe designer Aminah Abdul Jillil.

What comes across when you look through these pictures is Tracee’s sheer joy in each and every look, as she proudly used her return to the AMAs stage to showcase to place talented black designers in the spotlight.

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