In 2019, Tracee Ellis Ross launched Pattern, the hair-care line that would inspire women from all backgrounds to embrace and nurture their coils and curls with a range of products designed just for them. As an actor and a Black woman, Ross has pushed for better representation in Hollywood in the same spirit. Her portrayal of Joan Clayton on Girlfriends (which aired from 2000 to 2008) showcased a story and perspective rarely seen on television at the time. It continues to serve as a touchstone for many Black women navigating life, love, career, and their hair. Furthering her mission, Ross’s latest project is the upcoming Hulu docuseries The Hair Tales, created by Michaela Angela Davis and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Davis, and Ross.