American Music Awards host Tracy Ellis opted to feature Black fashion designer creations



Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised? After doing an amazing job as the host of the AMAs last year, Ross returned to the stage last night and brought all the heat with her timely jokes and killer sense of style.


Essence drops in at the 2018 American Music Awards Red Carpet.
And the best part? She opted to wear Black fashion designer creations throughout the entire evening — from the red carpet to the stage, and beyond.

ESSENCE got the exclusive from Ross about each and every one of her wardrobe changes and broken down each ensemble. Check it out below!

Black designer: Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond (suit).

Also wearing Christian Louboutin pumps, Jacob & Co. necklace, Djula Jewelry earring & Mattia Cielo earring.

Look #1

Black designer: Dapper Dan for Gucci (overcoat).

Also wearing: Nicolas Jebran sequin catsuit, Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, Jacob & Co. necklace, Lillian Shalom custom grill.

Look #2

Black designer: CD Greene (mirror sequin dress).

Also wearing: Christian Louboutin pumps.

Look #3

Black designers: Shanel Campbell (skirt) + Aminah Abdul Jillil (shoes).

Also wearing: x Karla x When We All Vote “VOTE” tee.

Look #4

Black designer: Off White c/o Virgil Abloh (tulle dress).

Also wearing: Christian Louboutin pumps.

Look #5

Black designer: Sergio Hudson (bodysuit, belt, gloves, and beret).

Also wearing: Casadei pumps and Gucci shades.

Look #6

Black designer: LAVIE by CK (dress).

Also wearing: Stuart Weitzman earrings and pumps.

Look #7

Black designer: Balmain by Olivier Rousteing (dress).

Also wearing: Christian Louboutin pumps & Amwaj earrings.

Look #8

Black designer: Dèshon (suit, earring & brooch).

Also wearing: Tamara Mellon pumps.

Look #9

Black designer: Cushnie by Carly Cushnie (jumpsuit).

Also wearing Jimmy Choo pumps.

Whew, chile… that was a slay! We stan a beautiful, Black queen who supports Black designers and inspires the culture. Ross also shared some advice for young Black girls hoping to fill her shoes one day… read more below!

ESSENCE: How important was it for you to shine a light on wearing Black designers for your hosting duties?

ROSS: When you have a platform, especially in the times that we’re in, it’s important to use it to shine light on the directions you believe in. And I believe in Black people. I love Black people

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