Ross has been on a roll since becoming the first transgender actress to be a series regular on two shows in 2019 — first as Candy Johnson-Ferocity in the hit FX series Pose, and then by securing the role of Donna Chambers in American Horror Story: 1984.
Now she’s continuing to make her mark — as the face of Louis Vuitton in a horror-themed campaign in which she’s sporting an Afro and wearing chic snow boots, a tartan skirt and cropped black jacket.
Ross took to Twitter to post a couple versions of the powerful images, noting in one that she was the one to suggest the natural hair.
Louis Vuitton | Pre-Fall 2020 pic.twitter.com/6j2xcQitGb— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) January 22, 2020
“I asked @LouisVuitton if I could rock my natural hair in an Afro and they came back with an enthusiastic YES RBF on,” she wrote.
It did not take long for the praise to roll in for Ross, including from Pose co-star Dyllón Burnside.
Go ahead and break down all the barriers at once!— Dyllón Burnside (@dyllonburnside) January 22, 2020
Burnside offered more props in a retweet of Ross’s picture.
Go sis go!!! Slaying the photo, breaking down barriers for trans women, dark skinned black women, and natural hair all at once! I’m constantly in awe of you. 💛 https://t.co/aGAQCicGsZ— Dyllón Burnside (@dyllonburnside) January 22, 2020
Actress Gabrielle Union also had something to say about the look, as did other fans, including activist Ashlee Marie Preston.
I ❤❤❤❤❤!!! SO many positive emotions wrapped up in my joyful tears. So so happy. https://t.co/cwcTMkBAod— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 23, 2020
There’s something about this that feels so ancestral.🔥— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) January 23, 2020
OMG this picture reminded me of Jet magazine and all the cool Virginia Slims cigarette ads from the 70s, but in the best way possible. I truly want a magazine clutch purse of this photo!! #Coffy #CleopatraJones— Kedrin Bell (@Keddibear) January 23, 2020
We love to see it.— baby badu (@Namasheaa) January 22, 2020
Another commenter expressed her gratitude to Louis Vuitton for making a statement.
In addition to being a beloved actress and natural-hair representative, Ross has been an outspoken supporter of trans rights, leveraging her fame to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of trans women, especially those of color, being killed. In November, she traveled to Capitol Hill to honor those that lost their lives in 2019.
“Today, we honor the memory of lives lost in acts of anti-trans violence. In 2019, at least 22 trans people have been killed, the majority of them Black trans women. This is an epidemic- it's up to each of us to speak out. #TDOR #SayTheirNames #PhenomenallyTrans,” she tweeted.
Today, we honor the memory of lives lost in acts of anti-trans violence. In 2019, at least 22 trans people have been killed, the majority of them Black trans women. This is an epidemic- it's up to each of us to speak out. #TDOR #SayTheirNames 🕊#PhenomenallyTrans pic.twitter.com/ilBMFEYazx— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) November 20, 2019
Ross and her Pose cast mates are expected to be honored at the 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards next month.
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