BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 8th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
Earl Gibson III—WireImage
March 7, 2017 3:58 PM EST

With age comes wisdom, and a greater appreciation for a very important body part — the butt.

Black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross says that her body image has completely changed as she’s grown older, especially when it comes to her posterior.

I love my butt in a way I didn’t growing up,” the Golden Globe winner, 44, tells Health for their April cover, on stands March 10. “I really didn’t like it growing up. It was so much bigger than everyone else’s, and I wanted jeans to look the way they did on everyone else, and mine didn’t.”

“I’ve been — to a certain extent — at odds with my body for many years, wanting it to be something other than it was, wanting myself to be something other than I was.”

But the actress says she’s stopped holding her body to unattainable standards.

The comfort in my skin is so much better,” she says. “I spent so much of my life, culturally, seeing myself through others because I just didn’t always have the confidence to look at the world through my own eyes. As opposed to the ‘shoulds.’ ”

Now Ross does two important things for her body: “One, talk nice to it. And two, find workouts that make me feel good.”

And that includes treating herself to a few vices: “French fries, olives, shopping.”

Black-ish airs Wednesdays (9:30 p.m. ET) on ABC.

This article originally appeared on

More Must-Read Stories From TIME

Contact us at

Read More From TIME
You May Also Like